Imagine you have a debt–multiple credit cards maxed out, a home mortgage, student loans, a business loan, car loan. One lender and a huge debt. A debt so exorbitant–$50,000; $100,000; $1,000,000–you could never pay it in your lifetime. It is a debt your children’s children will be paying off. Your grand- or even great-grandchildren will be burdened by this debt, spending their hard-earned money whittling away at it through the years while the interest continues to mount against them.
For some, this is a nightmare they face even today. Many others know that one slip, one moment of slack judgment or diligence could catapult them into this kind of hell.
Now imagine that lender who has loaned you all of this money–which is really his money, his hard work and diligence–calls you into his office today. You stand before his huge oak desk trembling. As he gathers his thoughts, your own travel to the $20 in your bank account, the bills due next week, the children you cannot feed. You are broke. You are broken. You shake in fear that this man will say your time is up, the debt must be paid. Your heart is in the pit of your stomach. What will you do if he demands payment now? You know it is his money. You know he worked hard for it. You know he has every right to seek payment from you.
Just imagine it.
He speaks. “Your debt to me is forgiven. My son has paid it; he has redeemed you. You do not have to pay what you owe. You are freed from this burden that is crushing your spirit. Go in peace.”
What would you do?
What would you say?
What words or actions could express your gratitude, your humility, in the light of this lender’s mercy and grace toward you?
What could you say to his son, who paid the debt for you, who redeemed you from this burden?
“When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus
was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume,
and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet
with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and
poured perfume on them.”
Your Lender offers debt forgiveness. His Son died on the cross as payment for your sin, your debt.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your
heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is
with your heart that you believed and are justified, and it is with
your mouth that you confess and are saved.”