Jesus Paid It All
It is an insult to God to try to add anything to Christ's finished work.
Imagine a boy swimming in a lake one day, and suddenly he yelled for help. Another young man on shore ran to the water and swam out to rescue the first fellow. In the process of saving the life of the boy who was drowning, the second young man lost his life.
The two families, who had been observing all of this, were overwhelmed by the unexpected turn of events. The father of the youth who had been saved approached the father of the dead young man to offer his sympathy. "I really can't express how much I appreciate what your boy did, and how sorry I am that he lost his life. But I just happen to have $1.83 on me, and want to offer this to you as an indication of my feelings.
Was the salvation of this man's son paid for by the other boy's life, or by the measly $1.83?
Also, imagine a man before a judge who has been given the choice of paying $100 or serving 90 days in jail. The man doesn't have any money, but he does have an invalid wife and five hungry children at home who are depending on him and him alone. He tells such a heartrending story that the courtroom spectators are moved with pity. They take up a collection to help pay the man's fine. Although it is unlike him, even the judge chips in. Altogether they raise $99.95. Even though they are only five cents short, the judge declares that the entire $100 must be paid, and orders the bailiff to take the man to jail. He dejectedly walks out of the courtroom, thrusting his hands deep into his pockets -- where he finds a nickel! Elated, he rushes back into the courtroom and slaps it on the bar before the judge, declaring, "I'm free, I'm free!"
In his mind, what had saved him?? The $99.95, or the measly five cents?
Any works that we might add to our salvation do not even add up to $1.83, or $.05. In fact, each amounts to zero, and 0 + 0 = 0.
If we did anything to merit our salvation, we would be forever boasting about it in heaven, which can never happen. "No one can ever boast in the presence of God" (1 Corinthians 1:29, NLT).
The fact is that we can do nothing to earn our salvation. Jesus paid it all.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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