Jesus Paid It All
But He 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. Isaiah 53:5
Yesterday many of us celebrated the Lord’s Table in our church services – a reminder of what Jesus did for us on the cross. He paid for our sins – PAST, PRESENT and Future. Not some sin – but all of our sin.
My favorite modern day devotional writer, Dr. Paul David Tripp in his POWERFUL devotional, New Morning Mercies – A Daily Gospel Devotional (Crossway) reminds us:
Jesus paid it all! There are no bills due for your sin! You are now free to simply trust and obey. Stop trying to earn something from God. Stop trying to gain more of His acceptance. Stop trying to earn His favor. Stop trying to wins His allegiance. Stop trying to do something that would pay for His blessing. Stop trying to morally buy your way out of His anger. Stop trying to reach a level where you will know lasting peace with Him. Just stop trying. Just stop.
Christ did not make the first payment on your moral mortgage; He paid your entire moral mortgage in one single payment so that you could live in relationship to God forever.
So stop trying to measure up to get whatever from God. Stop hiding from Him when you mess up. Stop comparing yourself to other people, wondering if God loves you less because you’re not as “good” as them. Stop naming the good things you do as righteousness that not only gets you closer to God, but also proves to others that you are.
Just stop asking the law to do what only GRACE can achieve, and start resting in the fact that you don’t have any moral bills due because Jesus paid them all on the cross.
And when you sin, don’t pretend you didn’t, don’t panic, and don’t hide. Run to Jesus and receive mercy in your time of need, the kind of mercy He paid for you to have.
Wow! I needed that today. How about you? Think about it! – Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick
Think About This: There are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done. —Hudson Taylor
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah – Psalm 62:8