September 15th, 2019

Read: COLOSSIANS 2:8-23 & PSALM 68:18-26

Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

"By cancelling the record of debt that stood against us." (COLOSSIANS 2:14)

THE RECORD OF DEBT

          Can you imagine what it would be like if the only way you could graduate high school or college were to sit in front of a panel of teachers who pored over every single wrong answer, every single question missed on a  test, every single grade less than an A+ that you had ever produced throughout your school days? No one would graduate! Thankfully, that now how the system works.

          Thankfully, that's not how God works, either. Every single sin you've ever committed against God (the "record of debt," as Paul calls it in Colossians 2:14) has been canceled. The judgment has been rendered: Jesus was declared guilty in your place, and you declared innocent. The books have been audited, and every single record of sin is marked "paid in full." Jesus nailed every sin to the cross and paid its price, which is death.

          It means that you are free; free from sin and its punishment, free from God's displeasure, free from eternal separation from Him. In Jesus, you are free to live in His kingdom and enjoy all of His gifts and blessings.

"Jesus, Savior of sinners, You once were dead for our sin but now are gloriously raised up to never-ending life. Raise us up with You each day, that we may live holy lives in Your kingdom." Amen!

Highland Park Lutheran Church (LCMC)

147 East Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

Office Phone: 515-244-6517

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