1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
As I turned on my computer this morning my inbox was filled with “Black Friday” ads. After great Thanksgiving Day yesterday today began the unofficial “Christmas shopping season,” the time of year when retailers move from operating “in the red” (at a loss) to operating “in the black” (making a profit). Stores offer crazy low prices to lure us the customers in, hoping that we will in turn spend a lot of money for gifts. The debt accumulated all year is finally paid.
Each year on Black Friday it makes me think about another “Black Friday”, a day when the greatest price was paid for the greatest gift ever given. 2000 years ago, an innocent man gave His life so that others might live. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, left His heavenly home, to be born into an ordinary family and live an ordinary life in an ordinary town, until He began His extra-ordinary ministry on earth. For 3 years, He healed the hurting, taught those who would listen, and preached the truth to all. The conclusion of His time on earth was paying the price for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future, and providing the gift of eternal life to any who receive it. In a word, He paid the debt that we owe, a debt we were powerless to pay.
Now that Thanksgiving Day is over, let’s continue to live with thanksgiving in our hearts.
Dear Lord, thank You for paying the debt we owe. Thank You for rising from the dead in victory, giving us the opportunity to live in victory. Help us be ready to share the real reason for the season. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.