Brenna, why are you so happy?!
This question, whether sneered or asked in earnest, is answered the same: because I’m free! I’m FREE!! Like that song I heard long ago in Sister Act. “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free!”
I was once bound by the chains of all my sin. I was an inmate in a debtors’ prison!
The Bible tells us plainly,
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” —Romans 6:23
I was in a self-constructed prison, and I’d worked myself into spiritual “debt” with all my sin. Every time I disobeyed the Word of God, I sinned. Oh! And I’d amassed more “debt” than I could ever hope to pay off! There was no way to cover what I owed to my Creator. It was serious! I was bankrupt! I owed so much that I needed to file Chapter 11 on my soul, and yet, God sent us a Kinsman Redeemer! A Savior! The Christ! God sent us His Flawless, Sinless Son to pay off our debts: Jesus. When Jesus allowed Himself to be captured, tortured, and murdered to buy me back from Death
I’m always reminded of the parable of the two debtors from Luke 7:41-43
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?” Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.” “You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
Of course, I am happy! I owed five hundred denarii, and my debt was forgiven. I’ve been saved, and set free from the law of sin and death! (Romans 8:1-2).
Abba, YOU are the reason I am happy, the reason why I sing!!! Thank You, Father for Your Love for us! Thank You for sending Your One and Only Son to die for us! Thank You, Jesus, for taking over my debt, and for saving me from my debtor’s prison, from Death’s hand, and securing me a home in Heaven with You for eternity. Help me honor Your Word daily, and to live in a way that brings Your people to the Cross. Jesus, help me spread the message that other prisoners don’t have to decay in their own cell surrounded by their sin. All they have to do is accept You, Jesus, and ask for forgiveness to be redeemed! Father I love you. Protect and guide us. Amen.