I remember the overwhelming excitement the first time I walked in to Turner Field to see the Atlanta Braves play baseball. I had grown up watching the Braves on TV and I would finally get the opportunity to see them play in person. The energy of the stadium on game day was exhilarating. One of the first things I noticed when my family and I had made our way through the front gate was a group of people giving away beach towels with the Braves logo. I ran over to get my towel only to be handed a clip board to sign up for a credit card. If I would have known my social security number that day as a middle schooler I may have walked away with a cool towel and a credit card! It’s amazing to me that credit card companies target people at such a young age. This shouldn’t be surprising though since their main goal is to entice us to use their cards, accumulate debt and pay them back with exorbitant interest rates. This creates a cycle of perpetual indebtedness where are never able to
pay what we owe.
In a similar way, when we live life and make decisions apart from God we create a debt that we are not able to pay. Our greatest efforts to make up for the sins we have committed fall far short. God’s word says that the penalty owed for our sin debt is death. The good news is that Jesus not only paid the debt we owed for our sins but He also set us free from the control sin had over us. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4 ESV)
Without Jesus we could never live up to all the requirements of God’s Law. We have all accumulated a debt for the sins we have committed which we could not pay. Jesus has set us free from these penalties and made us free to follow Him.