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When justice came for all my debts, the Friend of sinners came instead.
One of my new favorite Christian worship albums is Empires by Hillsong, and one of my favorite songs on the album is Here Now (Madness). Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz_IuYUdNR4
Perhaps the writer of this song was inspired by the story of the thief on the cross. Luke 23: 39 – 43 reads: “Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him [Jesus], saying ‘If You are the Christ, save yourself and us.’ But the other [thief], answering, rebuked him [other thief], saying, ‘Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said to Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
What an account. I was thinking about this story while I was listening to Here Now recently. I thought about justice, debt, and Jesus. I thought about my life. I thought about the demands for justice in regards to my sin. How do I plead? I’m guilty…
Taking a good look at my heart, I know what’s in there…and that’s where my thoughts were as I listened to this song and thought about three crosses – one for the Friend of sinners and two for the thieves. I thought about Jesus and how He suffered. I thought about how He was silent before His accusers – all those people that hated Him and everything He stood for, particularly His claim of being the Son of God. I thought about the separation from His family, friends, and God. Jesus was arrested, beaten, bruised, chastised, scolded, ripped apart, hung on a cross, and put to death (crucified) because justice demanded that a debt be paid – my debt. Like the two thieves, the Friend of sinners took my place. I’m in awe of Jesus’ sacrifice for me tonight.
In awe of His sacrifice in death, intensely encouraged by His defeat of death, and overwhelmingly joyful of His resurrection and current location at the right hand of God His father.