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March 2020

 

 

Paid in Full

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

John 19:30   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

         In February something monumental happened in mine and my wife’s life. After several years of faithful payments, I was finally able to finish paying off my college debt. And, I’ll tell you what, it feels good. The burden is lifted, the weight is removed, the pesky monthly payment reminders are gone. In the words (not the context) of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “[I’m] free at last, free at last, thank God almighty [I am] free at last.”

            It is good to be free of a debt. Of course, for most people (and as will likely be my case again at some point in the future) debt is a reality; whether it be debt due to a new(er) car, or a house, or expensive dental work, or maybe school. Debt is something most deal with in this life.

            However, not only is it a reality for most people to have some sort of debt in this life, it’s also a reality that we are all spiritually in debt. That is, we are all by nature in debt to God. Because He is our creator and benefactor, we owe Him perfect lives of holiness, righteousness, love, and obedience. He lays this out in the Ten Commandments (i.e. the Law). Yet, because of our sinfulness, nothing we do or offer can ever satisfy what we owe. We will always fall short. And, therefore, instead of life and freedom, what we find is punishment, judgement, and eternal death from which we cannot set ourselves free. In other words, we find burden and bondage.

            Thankfully, God in His grace, has done for us what we could never do. He sent His perfect, holy, righteous, beloved, and obedient Son to grant us freedom by paying or satisfy our debt; by fulfilling the whole will and law of God for us. He ultimately did this at the cross. So that now, for everyone who believes in Him, His perfect holiness, righteousness, love, and obedience is yours. In other words, your debt has been paid, fully satisfied, no longer held against you. As Jesus declared on the cross, both now and forever, “IT IS FINISHED!” Your debt is no more. The Son has fulfilled and set you free from the Law’s demand.

The result and appropriate response to such freedom in Christ is – in joy – to offer our thanks, praise, love, trust, and obedience to the one who graciously set us free.    

Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love
My debt is paid and the vict’ry won
The Lord is my salvation

Keith and Kristin Getty

Pastor Gideon

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