Bible reading: Hebrews 10:1-18; Romans 6:20-23
There’s always rancour and agitation when worker’s entitlements aren’t paid as at when due. In this part of the world, one of the most famous words you encounter is ‘strike’. The Bible teaches clearly that a worker is worthy of his wages.
No one wants delays in payments. And no one expects a lesser payment.
And it’s the same with sin. It has a payment reward for all its workers.
For sin pays its wage- death… Romans 6:23 GNT
So where do we stand in the recognition that because of our sin, we are deserving of death? If in some way or the other, we have ever sinned, then we are deserving of the wages of sin. It’s not quite a question of how huge the sin is, the Bible teaches that the one who is guilty of the least is guilty of all.
Herein lies humanity’s age-long dilemma- what to do with our helplessness when sin credits our accounts with all the death we deserve.
Death isn’t really about dying physically. Life is in its real nature spiritual. Death is primarily about our spirits being dead- alienated from the life that God gives. It’s the corruption, the frustration, the hopelessness that flow from ‘living’ outside the source of life.
Sin does pay its wages.
Recently, I was out having lunch with a friend and then the bill was brought. It was funny how both of us began scampering to take up the bill to the point that the waiter almost got embarrassed.
Who does the bill go on?
The Old Testament was a story of trying out animals and various sacrifices- let’s see if the blood of any of these creatures could be death enough for the price of humanity’s sin.
Sadly, it wasn’t death enough.
For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. Hebrews 10:4 NKJV
In steps Jesus, God’s perfect Sacrifice.
“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” Matthew 26:28 NKJV
In his once-for-all substitutionary death, sin’s eternal wages are credited in, death is abolished and life is freely given.
For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life John 3:16 AMPC
So, ours is to believe. To trust. To cling. To rely upon.
If I paid for my friend’s lunch, but he didn’t believe I did, then he keeps living under the burden of the bill being unpaid. He keeps wondering whether he can afford it. He keeps thinking of how to raise the payment. He lives in the guilt of it being unpaid.
But if he believes…
For sin pays its wage- death; but God’s free gift is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 GNT
Why wouldn’t we so love Jesus?
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