BY REV. JENNIFER HESEBECK - EXCELSIOR & ZION UMCs FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH, MILFORD
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:23
In March 1992, a man living near Boston received a bill for his unused credit card.
The bill stated that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away.
In April, he received another bill and threw that one away, too.
In May the credit card company sent him a very nasty note.
It said they were going to cancel his card if he didn't send them $0.00.
He called and talked to them. They said it was a computer error and told him they'd take care of it.
The following month he decided to try out the credit card figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament.
However, in the first store he tried to use his credit card he found that his card had been cancelled.
He called the credit card company. They apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.
The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue.
Assuming that the latest bill was yet another mistake, he ignored it, believing the company would sort the problem out.
The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.
Finally giving in, he mailed them a check for $0.00.
The company processed his account.
They returned a statement stating that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.
A week later, the man's bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a check for $0.00.
After a lengthy explanation, the bank replied that the $0.00 check had caused their check processing software to fail.
The bank now could not process ANY checks from ANY of their customers that day because the check for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.
The following month, the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his check had bounced and he now owed them $0.00.
Unless he sent a check, they would be taking steps to recover the debt.
(The man was going to buy his wife a computer for her birthday. Instead, he bought her a typewriter.)
Now, that all sounds silly doesn’t it? But here's something to consider:
There is a debt that we owe because of our sin.
Romans 6:23 says, "The wages of sin is death."
But for those who are in Christ Jesus, our debt has been cancelled by placing our trust in what Jesus accomplished on the cross.
His shed blood has paid our sin debt.
So when you receive that imposing statement – when Satan tries to bring up your sins and tries to convince you that you have a debt to pay — just ignore his statements.
The blood of Jesus makes it possible for us to have a debt of $0.00!