HE PAID A DEBT HE DID NOT OWE

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins,should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed..” I Peter 2:24 

Some years ago, I opened one of our utility bills and saw that there was $50 credit! I called the company to make sure it wasn’t an error and they told me that someone had sent in the money for us. Wow! And to say it came at an opportune time is not giving it enough credit! 

I went to work that night (at the prison) and was telling some of the other officers about it. My sergeant asked, “Who would want to pay some of your bill?” She was truly puzzled that someone would be that kind or nice to do that. 

I tried to explain, from my Christian perspective, that another Brother or Sister in the Lord was blessing us. Again, she asked, “Who would want to pay some of your bill?” She could not understand. 

The evangelist, Ellis J. Crum (1928 – 2011) wrote a song that many still sing today, “He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay . . .” The words of this grand hymn ring out the truth of the great salvation of Jesus – there is nothing we can say or do that will satisfy the debt. 

“He who knew no sin became sin . . .” is what the Word says. Jesus did not have to come to the world to be insulted, beaten, slapped, scourged, crucified and die a horrific death – He CHOSE to! He had no sin nature that required a sacrifice, He WAS the sacrifice! 

But me? I was born into sin and lived a life of sin – until the Savior came into my life and became the willing One that took my punishment for me and set me free from sin! That is something to shout about! 

Add to that the great hymn that J. Vernon McGee’s radio program uses for a sing off, “Jesus paid it all” There is no debt left for the believer! God does not hold us responsible for any of it anymore! The greatest sin offering was presented and God says He remembers our sins no more! 

The old Gospel hymn says, 

“Halleluiah what a thot, Jesus full salvation brought, Victory! Victory!” 

 

“Who would want to pay your debt?” Jesus would and did!  


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