by Ernest Easley

The Value of a Soul
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Mark 8: 34-38

Now take God's Word and turn with me to our text for tonight: Mark 8:34-38. Beginning with this text, I want to speak to you on:

The Value of a Soul

How much is a soul actually worth? Well, on the low end, Homer Simpson sold his soul to Devil Flanders for a donut. That would be around $1.00 at Dunkin Donuts.

On the high end, in the song, ''The Devil Went Down to Georgia'' by The Charlie Daniels Band, which was released in 1979, the Devil bets a fiddle of gold against Johnny's soul and Johnny accepted. So how much is a fiddle of gold worth?

Well, if you take the average weight of a violin and make it out of gold, rather than spruce or maple and add the weight of gold, you would have a 40 pound violin.

Back in 1979, gold was going for over $307.00 an ounce. That means that Johnny bet his soul for roughly $167,000.00. Today, with gold selling for $1333.00 an ounce, Johnny would be betting his soul for $853,651.20!

So how much is soul actually worth? What is the Value of a Soul? Well, that's what we're thinking tonight as we hear Jesus ask, ''what will a man give in exchange for his soul?''

So look with me beginning in Mark 8.34 as we consider...

The Value of a Soul

Mark 8:34-38

''When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, ''Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.''

Jesus was always asking questions! In fact, the Gospels record over 2 ...

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