Every day after school the young boy would take the sailboat down to the creek and sail it for until the sun went down. One day however, after some rain, the current was much stronger that usual and the young boy could not keep up with his sailboat and it got lost.
Every day after that the young boy would walk down the creek hopeing to find his lost sailboat. After a few weeks the young boy had walked further than he had ever gone and around a bend in the creek he came to a small swimming hole with a small sailboat in the centre. It was scatched and the sail was a little torn, but it was his sailboat, found at last.
Just as he was about to reach for his sailboat another boy appeared and shouted "Get away from that. It's mine!"
"But it isn't yours, it's mine. I made it."
"I found it so it's mine!" cried the second boy.
"Let me buy it back then?" pleaded the maker of the little sailboat.
"How much do you have?"
"Promise to come back here tomorrow, and I'll show you." With that the young boy ran home as fast as he could.
He gathered all his toys, his comics, and marbles, his soccerball and boots, even his most prized pocket knife and bundled them all into a backpack.
When the next afternoon came around the young boy took up his backpack of treasures and ran of to the small swimming hole. There waiting was his sailboat, in the hand of the other boy.
The young boy put his backpack on the ground and opened it, allowing the other boy to see all that was inside. The other boys eyes lit up for a moment and then a very serious look came over his face.
"How much of that can I have for the sailboat?" he asked.
"I will give you everything." was the young boy's reply.
The deal was done.
The boy took his boat started home and said,"Little boat, I love you even more now. You are twice mine. Once because I made you, but then you were lost to me, and now I have bought you."
This is a picture of what Christ has done for us. As our Creator, He made us and owned us, but by our rebellion we we lost to Him because of our sin. It took Jesus' death—an unbelievable price—to buy us back. Thus, those who are His children are twice owned.
We do not belong to ourselves; we have been bought with a price. That price was the blood of Christ. Rejoice at the willingness of Jesus to buy us back.