The first is for the world’s most expensive hamburger. According to numerous media outlets, Dutch Restauranter Robbert Jan de Veen was inspired to create the priciest burger in history. He soon had a buyer, as Rober Wilemse, chairman of the Royal Dutch Food and Beverage Association, paid Veen $5,964 for his creation.
This transaction surpassed the prior Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive burger, when a mere $4,971 was shelled out to an Oregon restaurant back in 2011.
In an apparent case of follow the leader, another eating establishment was then led this week to create the world’s most expensive order of French fries. Arriving just in time for “National French Fry Day”, a world-renowned Upper East Side restaurant reopened this week in New York City, and promptly broke the Guinness World Record for the most expensive French fries ever with its offering of “Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites”. A serving of these award-winning fries costs a whopping $200!
Wow! That’s over $6000 for a burger and fries! All I can say is that, at prices like these, one can only assume the helpings being served up are indeed super-sized! After all, that’s quite a price to pay for a single meal.
And yet, I would suggest that once, long ago, an even more expensive meal was undertaken - one that cost far more than any other meal ever consumed. We read about it in the very first book of the Bible. Genesis, chapter 3, contains the story of Adam and Eve and the eating of the forbidden fruit.
Prohibited by God from eating of tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they nonetheless tasted and then consumed its fruit. But at what a price! The costs for doing so, when they came due, were far greater than either had anticipated.
They lost their innocence. They lost their home in paradise. They lost the blessing of living free of the curse of pain, sickness, and sorrow. Ultimately, they lost their very lives! Oh, the price they paid for swallowing a bite of sin! It turned into much more than a mouthful! It turned into the expensive price ever paid for a single meal – death!
Happily, by the grace of God, the story does not end there. They (as well as we, their descendants) have been given the chance at new life. The price for our tasting sin was ultimately paid by the sacrificial death of God’s One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. As the Bible tells us (in John 3:16), “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
The third chapter of the Old Testament Book of Genesis records the costliest meal ever consumed. The third chapter of the New Testament Gook of John records the incredible price that was paid for that meal. The Son of God died that we might live!
Chew on that, my friends! I assure you that, with each munch, it will taste sweeter and sweeter!
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