TUESDAY, MARCH 17
He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
1 John 2:2 (NLT2)
MY PUNISHMENT IS TAKEN
During those six hours on the cross, Jesus paid for our sins. The Apostle Paul tells us that sin always requires death as its payment. “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23 NLT2). The Apostle John tells says that Jesus atoned for our sins through His death (1 John 2:2). The word atonement means payment or compensation for a wrong committed. In other words, Jesus satisfied the payment for our sins. The story of one motorist from Plano, Texas may help illuminate the point.
Hayden Carlo, 25, was pulled over by Plano police because he had an expired registration. He said he told the police officer that he was struggling financially. He said he had to choose between updating his registration and feeding his kids. Carlo told the officer that he didn’t have an excuse for the expired registration but that he couldn’t afford to pay it. After a few minutes, the officer came back to the driver’s window and handed Carlo a citation for his expired registration. But when Carlo unfolded the paper, he saw a crisp $100 bill. This was more than enough to renew his expired registration and pay for his citation. The police officer generously paid for the debt the driver couldn’t.
And that is what Jesus did for us. Except Jesus didn’t pay our debt with money. He paid with His life. In John 2:2, why do you think John adds “not only for our sins but the sins of all the world”? Why do you think some Christ followers are tempted to sit back and enjoy their forgiveness without sharing God’s concern for the whole world? God created you with the knowledge that you would never be able to pay the debt owed for your sin. Before you were born, God had already provided payment to satisfy that debt through His Son. Offer a prayer of gratitude to the Lord for paying what you would never be able to pay on your own.