Cancelled

            Back in the 1970s and early 80s I was a fan of “M.A.S.H.” on TV.  Often the camera would show scenes of activities on the base grounds as the voice of the public address announcer was heard reading the latest announcements.  In one episode the P.A. man said that that day on the calendar was cancelled due to lack of interest.  I thought it was a great line, and I’ve heard it used in one form or other since.  No doubt the TV show script writers borrowed it from somewhere.

            While the prospect of canceling a day or a week might sound like a great idea at times, you and I know it’s not going to happen.  Events may be cancelled or merely postponed, but one day follows right on after another.  A lot of things we might wish were cancelled will most likely go on as before.  For example, unless someone in serious financial trouble files a certain type of bankruptcy, financial obligations and indebtedness goes on and on.  On the other hand, things we might not want cancelled get the axe, such as something as trivial as a favorite TV show.

            Is there anything that can truly be cancelled that we really want cancelled?  I’m happy to say that indeed there is.  It’s your debt of sin and mine.  Check this out.  “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew (show) of them openly, triumphing over them in it. ” (Col. 2:13-15).

            Think about that.  No one ever kept or fulfilled the Mosaic law of the Old Testament, with the exception of Christ Himself.  We as Christians aren’t obligated to keep those laws, but can you carry out everything spelled out for Christians in the New Testament church epistles?  I can’t, and no one else can.  None of us are perfect.  We can only be obedient to the Scriptures by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  You may recall the Apostle Paul’s struggle to do what’s right through the Holy Spirit, while battling the powerful human nature, as he discloses in Romans 7.  There’s a lot God can hold against each one of us, but He doesn’t, if we’re truly one of His born again children.  That’s because Christ cancelled our sin debt.  It was nailed to the cross and left there.  He rose from the dead, and we’re to reckon ourselves dead to sin and alive to God (Rom. 6:11).  What’s more, Jesus’ crucifiction was a very public event.  His resurrection was widely publicized, and He was seen of many afterward for forty days before He ascended to Heaven (I Cor. 15:3-8)..  He won the victory over all the obstacles between us and God.  It’s hard to fathom and put into words, but we can believe it when God says it in His holy word.

.           Here’s how iron clad this sin debt cancellation truly is.  King David lived before the time of Christ and had to look ahead to His works by faith.  He trusted God as he knew Him and His Word in his own time.  Look what he wrote.  “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Ps. 103:10-12).

            Since David trusted God to do away with his sin debt, and since Paul assures us all our sins are forgiven, doesn’t it make sense to trust in the finished work of Christ?

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