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Peter Meadows answers your questions about God.

What does, ‘Jesus died for our sins’ mean?

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Ever been to buy shoes feeling happy with the ones you are wearing – only to see them as very shabby when the new pair come out of the box?

Well, that's a picture of the way our lives really are compared with what the God who made us would like us to be.

The death of Jesus on the cross was to make that 'new shoes' experience possible – the feeling of being truly clean and completely comfortable in God's presence.

The truth is that there's a price to pay for our lives not matching up to God's standards. We may not deliberately hurt God or others, but the damage has still been done.

Think of it this way. Imagine you are the Californian whose kite hit a high-voltage power cable, which started a fire that destroyed or damaged 385 homes, engulfed 740 acres of brush, and caused 3,000 people to be evacuated. The cost? About $42,965,000.00!

What he did may seem trivial but the consequences weren't. The overwhelming debt was totally, completely and utterly beyond him. And then some. There was only one hope. Mercy.

In spiritual terms, the invoice bearing our name has so many zeros it defies comprehension. Attempting to settle it ourselves is like trying to bail out the Titanic with a thimble.

Our only hope is God's mercy – which is what Jesus provides through His death on the cross. His death opened a bank account on our behalf with no credit limit. Our massive overdraft can be completely wiped out – if we only ask God for forgiveness, believing that Jesus' death paid the price for it all.

The transfer to our account happens on the day we are genuinely sorry for our 'sins' and commit the rest of our lives to following Jesus.

And not only that, Jesus' death brings us everlasting credit. When we do wrong in the future – as we imperfect humans often do – we simply ask forgiveness again and determine to do better next time.

But remember – this bank transfer is not automatic. You have to sign for it – or more accurately, sign up for a life with Jesus.

If you turn your back on the past and make following God's way your future, there is no fear of death and the judgment that comes afterwards. You are debt free.


Peter Meadows is co-author of The Book of Y, the basis for the Y Course that explores life's biggest questions.

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