[Jesus] was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Proof of Payment
Years of reckless spending resulted in massive credit card debt. A couple months of following a strict budget couldn’t erase the debt, and he was beginning to feel hopeless. The house that he wanted to buy seemed completely out of reach because his poor credit made it impossible to get any kind of loan from a mortgage company.
Then the letter came. It was from an uncle that he hardly knew. “I want you to have that house. I’ve paid off all of your credit cards and deposited the money for the house in your bank account.”
“How can this be real?” he thought. “I want to believe it, but how can I be sure?” Then he contacted the bank. His account which had been overdrawn the day before now showed a balance that would easily pay for the new house. He looked at online statements from his credit cards. They all read a balance of zero.
It was all true! His debt had been paid! The proof was right there!
Years of sin have resulted in a massive debt that you cannot pay. Attempts at self-control and leading a good life can’t erase the debt. It is easy to feel hopeless. The eternal home that you would love to occupy seems so far out of reach.
Then you read the Bible—that letter from your God describing his love for you. “I want you to have that eternal dwelling in heaven. I sent my Son to pay the debt you owe for your sins. I have credited his perfection to your account so that you are justified in my eyes. Rejoice! Heaven is yours!”
How can this be real? It sounds fantastic, but how can you be sure? How do you know that Jesus’ death paid the price you owe for your sins? His tomb is empty. He died, but then he rose from the grave to life again, proving that he is not just a man, but the Son of God himself; proving that his sacrifice for you was accepted by God as payment for your debt.
He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
It’s all true! Your debt has been paid! You are justified before God! Believe it and enjoy the eternal life that is yours!
Jesus, my Savior, thank you for willingly going to the cross to die as the payment for my sins. Thank you for rising from the grave to prove that the price has indeed been paid. Help me to rejoice in your resurrection which assures me of my forgiveness and eternal life in heaven. In your name I ask it. Amen.
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