Paid in Full –
A man breaks the speed law, gets a ticket for $350, which he has no money to pay; and, his loving wife, who has a fabulous job and makes lots of money, pays his ticket, in full.
He tells her that he really did speed and endanger the lives of others and did not deserve to have his speeding ticket paid by someone else, even though he has no money to pay the fine himself.
She tells him that she loves him and wanted to pay his speeding ticket, and that she didn’t want him to have to spend time in jail for not paying the fine.
The man tells his wife that he appreciates the love she demonstrated by paying his ticket. Nevertheless, he borrows money from a high-interest lender with a bad reputation for ruthless collection behavior, and he pays the ticket himself, even though the fine had already been paid by his wife.
His wife was hurt and disappointed to hear that her beloved husband had endangered himself to pay a fine he no longer owed.
Justice Satisfied –
God did not overlook our sin –
Forgiveness came at a price –
God gave his only beloved Son –
Who died to pay the price –
Justice was satisfied that day –
And – we no longer owe –
Do not discount our Savior’s sacrifice –
The shame – the pain – He bore –
Don’t bear sin’s guilt or condemnation –
And do not punish yourself –
Do not insult the worthy Lamb – who gave
His blood to pay our debt –
Instead – we lift our hearts in praise –
We laugh and love our lives –
Accepting His gift of eternal forgiveness –
Throwing off all ties that bind –
By Carol Ann Hoel © December 26, 2013
Romans 8:1 – The Bible – (American Standard Version) – There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.