Have you ever gotten a bill that scared you nearly to death? I have! When you received it you realized you owed it – your name was on the contract, your credit card was involved, your name was on the sales slip. In fact, it may have been incurred by your own foolish decisions or neglect. You were frightened, you were overwhelmed, and you did not know what you were going to do in order to pay it!
My sin left me feeling that way! Guilt overwhelmed me! I knew God would hold me accountable! I felt guilty. I realized I had wronged both the Lord and others and I had no idea what I could do to make it right. The debt was too great!
Then I heard the wonderful message of the Gospel! Jesus died for my sin – the righteous for the unrighteous! He paid the sin-debt I owed! He offered complete forgiveness to me if I would only receive it by faith! Incredible “good news!”
I thought about that reality as I read the following words in my Bible reading this morning during “coffee with the Lord”…
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ – He forgave all our sins! He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross!” (Colossians 2:13-15 NTL)
The Bible calls Satan “the accuser!” He stands like a vicious collection agent demanding payment and reminding us of our guilt. But Jesus stands beside the Heavenly Father to remind Him of what He did for us on the Cross. The picture this passage presents is that of our accusation – our bill of indebtedness – nailed to Christ’s cross with our name on it with the words emblazoned across it in blood-red… “PAID IN FULL!” (And let me add this bit of a postscript… That “PAID IN FULL” is sufficient to take care of the sins of every living person on planet earth for all time, regardless of how vile they have been! It is offered to all who will believe and receive Christ’s free gift!)