It is that time when my daughter puts in a lot of time and effort arranging financing for her next year of school. It is a complicated process, figured our incomes and obligations against her expenses and choosing the best option for covering that gap. It’s not any easier in this her third year than it was in her first. That isn’t our only obligation. We have a house, a couple of cars, a new air conditioner, the orthodontist, band fees, seminary tuition, property taxes, insurance and so forth. I’m sure you can identify.
All those obligations, debts, are a result of choices we made. We chose to buy a house. Even though the cars are ten years old, we chose to provide cars for the kids to drive. We even chose to preserve our marriage and pay for the air conditioner.
It is no accident that Scripture uses accounting language when it talks about our sin. It is often characterized as a debt charged, or imputed, to our account. And we are responsible to satisfy that debt.
Now in a few years, we’ll pay off our house. And those cars. And the orthodontist, the seminary tuition, and the air conditioner. That will be a great day, finally being out from under the burden of those debts and obligations. Imagine what it would be like if, on the first of September, the bank said the loan was forgiven. And there was no tuition bill or car payment due. What if we no longer had to work to pay those debts…
In the Old Testament, the word most often used for forgive is nasa, which means to remove a burden or to carry it for you.
That, my friends, is exactly what Jesus did for us. He removed the burden, the crushing debt load that our choices heaped on us. We chose to be rebellious, to go our own way, to ignore God and His precepts. Each time we did, that was charged to our account. God’s holiness is so perfect, that our violation of it can never be repaid through anything we could do.
But He was moved with compassion, released me and forgave the debt.