God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear. God decided on this course of action in full view of the public—to set the world in the clear with himself through the sacrifice of Jesus, finally taking care of the sins he had so patiently endured. This is not only clear, but it’s now—this is current history! God sets things right. He also makes it possible for us to live in his rightness. – Romans 3:25-26 The Message
Jane didn’t know how she would pay for the gifts she wanted to buy for her children for Christmas, but she desired to give them a good holiday experience. It was true she worked two jobs and still struggled with making ends meet, but if she was extra careful, maybe she could make payments of the gifts in layaway at the store.
About a week after Jane put the items in layaway, more bills poured in and she knew it would be impossible to purchase the gifts. Having a roof over their heads was more important. Tears of frustration flowed just when the phone rang.
“Hi, is this Jane Bradford?”
“This is Mike Smith, manager of Buy It Right. I have the pleasure of calling you with great news. An anonymous donor has paid for all of your layaway items as a Christmas gift. Not only you, but many others, too.”
As that generous person made it possible for Jane to give her children gifts for Christmas by paying her bill, God paid the price for us so we could live eternally with him. The bill of our sin kept coming in and there was no way we could cover the cost. Jesus paid it all.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I thank you for paying my bill of sin. I pray that the grace you have shown me, I will show to others and in doing so, they will see you. Amen
Faith Tip: Reflect on the true gift given to you by a very generous God who loves you.