Tuesday, April 21, 2009

PAID IN FULL.....Be Ye Glad!

"So be truly glad....For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver.It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but he has now revealed him to you in these last days." (I Peter 1: 6,18-20)

Oh, be ye glad
Oh, be ye glad
Every debt that you ever had
Has been paid up in full by the grace of the Lord
Be ye glad, be ye glad, be ye glad.

What a wonderful thought it is to imagine what it would be like for someone to get on the World Nightly News and proclaim that every debt of every person and family in the world was paid up in full. What a noise and celebration would be heard around the world as people revelled in their freedom from the burden and bondage of paying back what they owed to institutions for services and materials rendered to them.

Of course this is an imagined thought, and not reality. What we owe to others must be paid back. If not, there are consequences and penalties.

In our eternal existence, from the beginning of time, in the Garden of Eden, by the hand of Adam and Eve, we have incurred a debt. We carry upon ourselves the bondage of that first act of sin. Our very souls are in debt to a Holy and Just Creator and God. One who designed and made us for His pleasure, and yet we turned away and sought out own pleasures, creating the debt and penalty of death, a separation from the One who loves us.

Today, those of us who know in our hearts the weight of that debt, and have heard the Good News from God's Word that we have One who has acted on our behalf, and cleared our account, stand in awe and amazement. Our debt is removed....marked Paid In Full! This is by no means a thought of the imagination. It is the truth. We only have to accept it as such, and believe. This is the wonder of a love so deep that God's Son would leave His home, come to our earth, die the death required, simply because He loved us so much, and obeyed His Father.

As I think of the earthly debts we have for our homes, or cars, or other such items that have required more than we had to give at the time, and the payments we incur and have to bear over years to repay the source, I know that the amount of joy and gratitude we would feel if someone stepped up and erased these debts would be incredible.

I think of what the Lord has done for us at Calvary. Are we incredulous at the sacrifice and depth of love it required for His death to wipe away our sin debt before God? Do we pause and ponder what our eternity would be like had He not been willing to do so?

Does your heart revel in the debt-free status it now holds because of your Savior? Then thank Him today. You owe nothing as you stand before God with Christ by your side declaring you free indeed.
God's grace is sufficient.

Be ye glad!


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