Are you struggling with money or debt and long to be totally debt free? Today there is someone you owe who has declared your debt "paid."
In John 19:30 of God's Word, Jesus has been hanging on the cross for six hours. He is now breathing His last and it says, "When He had received the drink Jesus said, 'It is finished,' and with that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." If you were to read that three word sentence in the original Greek, it's one word: tetelestai, which means "paid in full."
The Bible describes the reason why we have such a massive debt with God in Romans 6:23 (NLT) when it says, "the wages of sin is death." The Bible also says in Romans 3:23 (NLT) "For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard". Sin is more than just breaking rules, it's living your way instead of God's way. We all have an overwhelming sin bill with God (a bill that none of us can pay), and the penalty is death - separation forever from God.
But the very next verse has some very good news. In Romans 3:24 (NLT) it says "Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins." The one we owe "paid" our bill with His life. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He was absorbing every sin and its penalty. Jesus declared that His death was full payment for your sins.
Eternal life is described by God as a gift, and the gift isn't yours until you take it. If there has never been a time when you've told Jesus that you're putting your total trust in Him to forgive your sin and get you to heaven, then your sin debt remains on your record. That could all change if you would tell Jesus you want Him to be your Savior.
There's a little song called "I Had a Debt I Could Not Pay" that says it all: "He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away, and now I sing that brand new song, amazing grace all day long, for Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay." He's waiting to hear from you and to stamp your bill forever - PAID IN FULL!
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.