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DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Why not accept the offer?

A kind, wealthy God has offered to pay your entire sin-debt off with the blood of Jesus Christ.

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Pastor Joshua Hawn
Contributed / Joshua Hawn
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Imagine a man makes a bad investment and owes millions of dollars to the bank. While he tries to make arrangements and before he can send the first check, the bank manager calls him in and says, “A kind, wealthy man approached me about your debt and has offered to pay it off entirely.” He slides a piece of paper across the table. “If you will sign here, you won’t owe us another dime. You can go free.”

Imagine the man saying, “What? No! I wanted to pay it off!” The bank manager says, “I know that, but here is an offer to pay it off! Accept it!”

“No, I can’t do that!” says the man. “It’s too easy! What if I go work for this wealthy man? Maybe I can work off that debt! Maybe there is some kind of community work I can do that will pay it off?” The astonished bank manager says, “Why don’t you just accept the offer?”

When Jesus died on the cross, some of His last words recorded in John 19:30 were “It is finished!” For the first-century person, the word in Greek meant “paid in full.” It means the debt will be fully paid for all who believe.

Imagine a sinner realizing he is in trouble with God. While he tries to make arrangements, a preacher approaches him and says, “A kind, wealthy God tells me about your sin debt and has offered to pay the entire debt off with the blood of Jesus Christ.”

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He slides the Bible across the table where Jesus says in John 5:24, “He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

The preacher says, “If you will believe, you can be free!”

Imagine that sinner saying, “What? No! I wanted to pay it off! It’s too easy! What if I try to be a better person! Maybe if I am good enough, I can get to heaven! What if I get baptized! Maybe that will remove all my sins! What if I start going to church, pay my tithes and believe that God exists!”

This astonished preacher has many times said, “Why don’t you just accept the offer?” Why don’t you trust that what Jesus did on the cross was enough for your sins?

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Pastor Joshua Hawn serves at First Baptist Church in Park Rapids.
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