For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NLT)
As your soul is being crushed, and you are consumed with despair like you have never known, from the right hand of God, the Son of God steps forward. He looks into your eyes; then addresses the Court, “NOT GUILTY.” Suddenly, the angels rejoice, all of heaven sings, and God’s glory is revealed. The most amazing moment that you have ever experienced, is one that will never cease, you have been given eternal life.
Although you might be tempted to believe that this is simply, “folklore,” designed to scare you into living a “right life,” it is actually the “Truth.” This day will come—the outcome is up to you. It won’t be determined by the decisions that you made about your life here on earth . . . it will be the result of the decision you make about Jesus. When you finally see God face to face, He will ask you one question, “What did you do with Jesus?” And the question will require an answer.
Think about your life, at this moment. What do you owe someone? Where does your debt lie? Maybe it is not debt over something material; maybe you have said something or done something where someone will not extend forgiveness, and you feel as though you “owe them.” More than likely, there is some cloud that hangs over you. Now imagine someone stepping forward and handing you the statement for that debt that says, “Paid in full.” “It is finished.” One moment, you are consumed with what is owed, the next, it’s gone. One thing is for sure, it would take you some time to learn what it is like to live without that debt. It would change your perspective of your life, or it should. It would cause you to reevaluate the priorities in your life, so that you do not fall into debt again.
But this isn’t about this life, it’s about the next. And there is a next; the Creator of the Universe has promised us there is. God made a choice, out of love for you; He sent Jesus. Jesus made a choice; the choice to live a sinless life, the choice to walk in the will of God, regardless of the price, and He did it, for you! He paid the price for you, “in full,” and He did it, with nails. The debt we owe for sin is not payable by anything we can do or say in this life— it is payable “in full,” by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. It is paid when you turn to Him and believe that He has paid the price, once and for all, for your sins. It is Jesus that will be there on the day of judgment of your life . . . will He know you?” Or will He reply, “I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:21-23) The choice is yours. Will you choose Jesus, just as He chose you? If you will, God assures you through His Word, that you will live forever with Him, and your debt of sin has been