“But He (Jesus Christ) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:5, 6)
As of this writing, the United States is more than 22 trillion dollars in debt. Joel Rosenberg has used this analogy to help us understand how much money this is: If one second on the clock equals one dollar, then it would take 32,000 years to pay off one trillion dollars. Of course, by now, you would need to multiply that by more than 22 times! Basically, we’re seriously in debt and very broke!
I use this as an analogy to a debt that is non-monetary and far more serious. It is a debt we owe the almighty God. You see, we owe Him our very lives for the great and gracious gift He has given us in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, we have to pay for our sins against Him (Sin is anything that is against the God of the Bible, the God of this universe).
Paul, the apostle, puts it this way, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”(Romans 6:23). As a matter of fact, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”(Romans 5:8).
Theologians call this “substitutionary atonement.” Jesus paid for our sins by shedding His blood on the cross in our stead. We should have paid the price for our sins, but instead, He did. Of course, God couldn’t and wouldn’t have accepted our own payment as He demanded a perfect sacrifice. And thus, only His Son qualified to die in our stead – – the just for the unjust!
So, forget about paying the debt – – you can’t! God did! By accepting His gift of forgiveness and everlasting life you will find pardon and a cancelled debt!