"You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross."Colossians 2:13-14 NLT


Sometimes when I’m studying for a sermon or even just having a quiet time with the Lord, I wonder, do I really comprehend the incredible gift we were given when Jesus died for our sins? Do any of us? Not that we intentionally take this act for granted, but we speak about it so routinely that I think we fail to absorb the full scope of this gift.

Think about this: It’s as though all of our sins were listed on a writing board. And then Christ came along with a cloth, wiped the board clean and erased them forever – as though they had never been there! On that board, there is a receipt that says, “PAID IN FULL.” That’s what the nails of the cross did – paid the penalty for our sin in full. Christ has done it all. Our sins have been nailed to the cross; they’ve been taken care of. Nothing more is needed for forgiveness other than our accepting this amazing gift.

Have you done that? Have you claimed the liberating freedom of knowing that Christ has paid the full debt of your sins? If not, why not let Christ give you a clean slate? After all, He’s already stamped them “paid in full.” Our choice is simply to accept His gift in faith. Please don’t put it off. Do it today.