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16th May 2023

The Unpayable Debt

Who gave Himself for our sins.

Galatians 1:4

Years ago, King Charles V (Holy Roman Emperor and Archduke of Austria from 1519 to 1556), was loaned a large sum of money by a merchant in Antwerp. The note came due, but the king was bankrupt and unable to pay. The merchant gave a great banquet for the King. When all the guests were seated and before the food was brought in, the merchant had a large platter brought in and placed on the table with a fire lighted on it. Then, taking the note out of his pocket, the merchant held it in the flames until it was burned to ashes. The king then threw his arms around his benefactor and wept.

Likewise, we have been mortgaged to God. The debt was due, but we were unable to pay. Two thousand years ago God invited the world to the Gospel feast, and in the agonies of the cross, God held your sins and mine until every last vestige of our guilt was completely consumed.

Bible Reading

Luke 7:36-43.


Father God, I had a debt of sin I could not pay. In gratitude I kneel before You, and thank You for the Lord Jesus Christ, who paid that debt for me. Amen.

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