I remember the date. December 29, 2011. That’s the date my husband and I paid off the last dollar of debt we owed. We focused intensely on making that moment happen in the years that preceded it. We scrimped, saved, sacrificed, and sold everything but the kids. We danced around the kitchen, realizing we were financially free. We screamed out “FREEDOM!” like we were Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart!
The man in today’s passage was in way over his head. His debt was the equivalent of 375 tons of silver. In today’s market, he owed $12 million and change. Shew! All debt feels like a crushing weight, right? But this? Now, I’m no math scholar, but if this guy was paying that back at today’s wages, he’d have to work… wait for it… 235+ years!
God takes the time to explain in this passage that there are debts you and I can’t pay. Debts we can’t even come close to paying. The debt you and I can’t come near paying is the debt of sin. Sin separated us from a holy God. Sin brought the promise of death. We had no way of being reconciled to Him, legally or spiritually. So Jesus stepped up and said, “Here am I. Send me.” (Psalm 40:6–8) He paid a debt you could never afford. Why? Because of His great, great love for you.
That kind of debt forgiveness is what King Jesus offers us. Forgiveness for sin. Life for death. I don’t know about you, but I’m a bawlin’ mess thinking about what got washed away from my life. Maybe you have a lot you need forgiveness for. Maybe you have a little. In God’s economy, it’s all the same. Maybe you think you need to pay Him back first. Clean up before you encounter the Cross. Guess what? You can’t.
So come on, friend. Freedom is waiting. Let nothing hinder you as you run toward Him. I’ll dance around the baptistery with you as He cancels everything you owe!
Maybe it’s time to wash everything away and start fresh. If you’d like to learn more about baptism, check this out.