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Weekend Reflections: Paid In Full

Posted by on Mar 29, 2013

Weekend Reflections: Paid In Full

What comes to your mind whenever Holy Week comes around?  I am guessing that most of you think of it as a time for remembering the Lord Jesus Christ’s suffering and death — a time for deep, solemn reflection.  Although this is the right thing to be doing during this time of year, and certainly there’s nothing wrong with thinking of it this way, I would much rather focus on the underlying point (the most important point, in my opinion) of all that Christ went through  for us thousands of years ago.

I personally believe that God wants us to direct our understanding and focus not on how He suffered but why He suffered — on the fact that HE LOVED US SO MUCH  that He gave His Son to take our place and accept the penalty for our sins so that we won’t have to.  I believe that it wasn’t so He could rub it in our faces that every time we remember what He did for us, we feel all guilty and dreary.  Although we should naturally feel a deep sense of gratitude for what He did for us, I believe that God wants us to look far deeper than all of that and see the bigger picture.  Christ’s death on the cross — Him uttering the words, “It is finished” — means that He already paid for our sins in FULL.  By doing so, Jesus canceled the debt that held the charges against us.  Nothing else is owed after that.  Nothing.

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You see, when you owe such a large debt — the interest for which has compounded so much that it is no longer possible to pay it off unless you “sell your soul to the devil”, so to speak — it certainly would have a strong impact on you if someone were to come along and suddenly pay for your debt in FULL.  Can you even begin to understand the magnanimity of such an act?  When your debt is paid in full, that means you’re free.  Those days of constantly looking over your shoulder, afraid that your debtor might be hunting you down and might eventually take away your possessions (or even your life if you can’t pay) are over.  You can go on with your life without any fear… and I’m not even talking yet about the part where someone else pays it on your behalf!  If someone steps forward and volunteers to pay off all your debt, you’d probably pledge the remaining years of your life to that person, wouldn’t you?  I’d bet there’s nothing he would ask of you in return that you wouldn’t give especially if what was owed against your debt was your freedom or your very life.  Makes sense?

This is the message of the Holy Week that I honestly believe God wants us to take, meditate on and understand.  Instead of just allowing ourselves to be engulfed in sadness and grief over the memory of His unfathomable agony, it would be good for us to channel our attention to the greatest and most absolute message of love ever spoken in the history of creation — that God loved us so much that He sent His Son in our place to pay our debt with His own life (“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16).  He purchased our freedom with His own blood!  Because of what He did, we were set free — free to go on and live our lives… free to enjoy all the great things that life has to offer… free to pursue happiness and build a future with our loved ones!  Free to live, free to love.  Isn’t that amazing?  Isn’t that something worth rejoicing over?

Yet, many of us continue to live our lives as though we were still bound to the cross by guilt and shame.  Many of us still question our own “worthiness”.  Many of us still choose to commemorate Christ’s suffering during Holy Week with a gloomy countenance as though Christ has died all over again, or worse, as though none of it ever happened!  I cannot stress the following statement enough:  Christ already paid for our sins in FULL, conquering even death, which is the ultimate payment for what we owe (“For the wages of sin is death…” – Romans 6:23).  That means no trials, no tribulations, no grief, no sorrow, no hardships, no temptations — NOTHING — can’t be overcome by those who believe in Christ!  And only by believing in Him shall we be saved (“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” – Acts 16:31).  All of this because of one reason — LOVE.  His love for us.

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So the question is, “how do you respond to His love?”  Knowing now what He’s done for you, do you respond by ignoring Him, mocking Him, denying Him, defying Him?  Should you not feel compelled to love Him back and obey Him (“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” – John 14:15)?  If you agree with me that He deserves from you nothing less than your love and obedience as an expression of your overwhelming gratitude, then I urge you to examine the sincerity of your love for Him.  In what ways can you fully declare that you’re showing your gratitude to Him for having paid in full all of your debts with His own blood?  He said that anyone who loves Him will obey Him, so are there areas in your life where you are deliberately disobeying Him?  Then you need to confess that to Him, seek His forgiveness and accept the love that He offers!  Get the proverbial sign stamped across your forehead that says, “PAID IN FULL” so that there is no question about your status, and start living a life that shows evidence of God’s amazing grace and love.

The truth of the matter is that the only way we can genuinely show our gratitude is by offering our lives to Him as well.  That is His invitation but that doesn’t mean crucifying ourselves on a cross, too (fortunately for us, we can never equal or surpass what Christ has already done!).  All we need to do is offer our lives in service and obedience to Him, yet even that is not being forced down our throats.  Having paid for our debt in full, He freed us from this burden, and that includes our freedom to choose.  Will you choose to love Him back?  Think about it!

Have a B-L-E-S-S-E-D Good Friday everyone!

 


 

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Myla “MyMy” Upshaw is a stay-at-home mom who prides herself on her status as a Filipino Christian wife and mother and “domestic goddess”. She blogs about popular subjects for stay-at-home moms such as fashion, family, beauty, relationships, entrepreneurialism (“mompreneur”), movies, self-improvement, health & wellness as well as about her faith as a follower of Christ.

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