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Nothing to Pay!

Nothing to pay!  That is surely good news, and it is something that we read of in the Bible too.  Just recently, I had an experience that reminded me of the goodness of God and His wonderful free gift.

As I was standing in the town centre, a lady whom I knew came up to me and commented on my new coat.  “That looks warm, “she told me, “were you given it for Christmas?  It looks really expensive!”

I assured her it was certainly warm – and that day it needed to be, for a cold wind was blowing across the square where I stood, and I was thankful for the coat.  But I explained to her, “no, it wasn’t for Christmas, but a friend paid for it and gave it to me.  Isn’t that just like God’s salvation? – someone else paid for it, and we can receive it absolutely free!”

It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who paid the debt of our sins by suffering, dying and shedding His precious blood to wash our sins away.  His final, victorious shout when dying upon the cross, “It is finished”, meant my debt of sin was paid in full.  By trusting in Him, I can receive forgiveness, peace with God, eternal life, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  And so much more – free!

Truly, “my cup runneth over(Psalm 23:5), all paid for by the greatest Friend of all, our Lord Jesus Christ, and freely given to me!  That is why, right at the end of the Bible, God has included a reminder of His invitation to every one of us, “whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely(Revelation 22:17).


ABP

extracted from the January 2017 issue of Youthful Days