Our Debt is Paid
Written by: Maddie Wilson
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For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
- John 3:16
Imagine this: you’re overwhelmed with debt.
Your heart sinks to the pit of your stomach as you realize just how far you’ve let your bad habits take you; how are you ever going to recover? How do you even return to the person you were before taking so many steps in the wrong direction?
Even if you somehow find a way to “right” the great magnitude of the wrongs you have done, who’s to say you will be able to manage any future debts after this horrible mess you’ve created?
Just as you begin to fester in hopelessness, you hear a knock at your door. Despite the storm of emotions wavering in your mind, you slowly stand up from your crouched position on the floor and approach the knocking. Upon opening the door you’re surprised to see a check lying on the ground at your feet; it’s addressed to you. Your eyes widen and your jaw drops once you recognize the amount: this check is enough to settle your debts and much, much more.
The catch? The check doesn’t work unless you cash it.
As children of God, we are so loved that our Father paid our debt through the sacrifice of His perfect and only Son. Different from the story above, our debt is not money but sin, the payment not a check but Jesus’ perfect life and sacrifice, and the result not punishment but grace. The same as the story above is that we must choose to accept the grace and forgiveness Jesus was sent to give us, just as we must “cash the check.”
Jesus came down from Heaven and became fully man so that He could save the world and bring us salvation. In Jesus becoming flesh and making His home among us (John 1:14), He experienced everything we experience as humans. In being human, Jesus was able to show us how we must live as his followers even in the face of human trials. Even in the ugliest of human temptation, Jesus remained perfect; and as a result His perfect blood covers our sin, saving us and reuniting us with our Father in Heaven.
Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross gives us grace: a gift we do not deserve but are given anyway.
Revelation 3:20 says, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
God does not force us to accept His gift of grace. Rather, like a loving Father, He loves us relentlessly, knocking on the door of our hearts and waiting for us to let Him in.
1. Think of a time you were overwhelmed with “debt.” When Jesus knocked on your door, did you let Him in?
2. How do you let Jesus into your heart? How do you accept His gift of grace?
Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your perfect sacrifice that repays the debt of my sins even when I don’t deserve it. Thank You for loving me enough to give Your body up for me, and continuing to knock on the door of my heart even when I struggle to let you in. Please continue to knock on my heart and to help me accept Your gift of grace. I glorify You for the work You have done and for everything that You are. I love You Lord, Amen.
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