In the seventh Chapter of Luke, Jesus is invited to eat at a Pharisee’s house. As He enters and sits down a woman comes and washes His feet with her tears and wipes them with her hair.
She also anointed His feet with a fragrant oil. When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.” There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. “And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
The key to that story is: “That both debtors had nothing with which to repay.”
That is the case when it comes to our salvation. None of us had the ability to pay the debt we owed. I came to Jesus as an alcoholic. I was full of lust. I had a heart full of hatred and bitterness, unforgiveness, fear, shame and rejection. You may not have had any of that, but when it comes to salvation we are both the same — we had a debt we couldn’t pay.
Look at it this way. Say God asks me and Michael Phelps to jump into the Pacific Ocean and swim nonstop to Hawaii. I can just hear him say, “I am Michael Phelps and you are asking me to swim against that man!”
I am not the best swimmer and I wouldn’t make it far before drowning. But I will guarantee you Michael wouldn’t make it to Hawaii before drowning either.
I may have had more sins than some, therefore I am going to love much, but Jesus came to pay the penalty for the sin of the world, the heredity of sin, the nature of sin, the dominion of sin. If given a blood test we would all come up S-I-N positive.
Rom 3:23 says; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
When it comes to sin, we owed a debt we couldn’t pay, but praise be to God, Jesus paid a debt He didn’t owe.
Evangelist Nick Hasselstrom is pastor at ROXY 714 on Main Street in Lewiston, a partner of Cross Tied Ministries.