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Jesus Paid Our Debt

1 John 4:10

In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

profileHave you ever owed a big debt?  Many of us have had or have mortgages.  Nothing like signing a contract that could tie you up for the next 30 years.  As a pastor’s family we lived in a parsonage for much of our early years of marriage.  As one of our churches grew to hire an assistant pastor who moved into the parsonage we were able to get a housing allowance.  We took out our first 30 year mortgage when I was 42 I believe.  Thirty years would have taken me to the current forced retirement age of 72 in the United Methodist Church.  I asked the mortgage broker if he knew what he was doing giving a 42 year old a 30 year mortgage.  He said he knew I was good for it!

Have you ever had a large debt?  For most of us the mortgage is the largest single debt we will experience – financially.  Some might take out larger loans for our businesses – but most of us will not go in debt larger than our mortgage – financially.

Today is my birthday.  Today I have been on this earth for 59 years.  It is hard to believe.  It seems like just a few years ago I was in High School – not 41 years ago.  Today is my physical birth but there is a more important birth I am thinking about today – my spiritual birth.

There is a debt we have/had – all of us – that is too large for any of us to pay off.  The scripture says that we all owe this debt – Romans 3:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  And because we sin – Romans 6:23 – For the wages of sin is death.  It says that we should all be born again.

Jesus came to earth to pay our debt – the debt of all sin for all of humanity – if we would only yield to Him.  Romans 6:23 – but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. John 1:29 – The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Today’s passage says In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Jesus paid a debt – a debt of sin – which we could NEVER pay ourselves.  Jesus gave us new life – a life without the debt of sin.  If we are in Christ we are born again – we have a new start!  Thank you Jesus.  Give Jesus some praise dear readers.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

P.S. – We’re having a revival at First United Methodist Church of Laurel on March 2-5.  Morning services on March 2 are at 8:15 and 11:00 am.  Evening services on Sunday through Wednesday are at 7:00 pm.  The church is located at 424 Main Street – Laurel – MD – 20707.  I hope to see some of our readers at the revival!

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March 4, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Personal | , , , , , ,

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