Your Way Is Paid

Imagine that your school treated you so rotten this last year that you resolve to get even. So, late one night you torch the school, I mean you burn it to the ground. Somehow, they trace the crime back to you, and before long your case comes to trial. The jury finds you guilty and the judge sentences you to your choice of five years in prison, or $1,000,000 to rebuild the school. Not having the million, the judge sentences you, and you get a sinking feeling as you contemplate life behind bars. But unexpectedly, an extraordinary thing happens. The judge takes off his robe, steps from behind the bench, and writes a check for $1,000,000, then stamps it, "PAID IN FULL." The judge explains, "It would not be just for me as a judge to release you unless your penalty was paid. But as a wealthy man, and as your father, I can pay your way out." You see, that's what God did for us. The penalty for sin is death (Rom. 6:23), so God's justice demands death for your sin. But God, because of His love for you, sent His only Son to pay the price you deserved to pay. But it's not enough for someone to offer to pay the price. Going back to your courtroom scene, you weren't off the hook yet when the judge offered you the million dollar check. At that point, you could have either accepted or rejected his free gift. In the same way, it is only those who receive Christ (Jn. 1:12) who become children of God and obtain eternal life.? Copyright 2002 Steve Miller - All Rights Reserved

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