by Bill DentonThe Huge Price of Sin
"Knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ" (1 Pet. 1:18-19, NASV).
On a business trip in California, I realized that I had forgotten my wife's birthday the day before. Assuming I was in big trouble, I went to the jewelry section of a San Francisco department store. After explaining to the saleswoman that I desperately needed a gift to make up for my forgetfulness, she quipped, ‘I'm sorry, but we don't have anything that expensive.'" -Edwin L. Ray in Reader's Digest.
Many of us have found ourselves in the same situation as Mr. Ray! And for so many people, it's even worse when it comes to sin and what it does to our relationship with God. I've had people tell me, "I've done such terrible things, there just isn't any way God can forgive me." The burden of guilt and shame can seem unbearable, and it can seem that nothing has the power to relieve us from the misery sin causes.
It's sad that people don't really understand the price Jesus paid to effect our forgiveness. If you're thinking in terms of silver or gold (otherwise known as things of worldy value), then you are right. There is no price we can pay that can purchase the forgiveness we need. Should you give all you have, and all you will ever have, it wouldn't be enough. If you were the wealthiest person alive, you still wouldn't possess the cost of forgiveness. The sheer impossibility of paying the debt of sin is hard to imagine, yet deep in our hearts we know we have nothing to offer by which our sins can be removed.
The price can be paid, however. It's just that it costs something we don't have. Sin demands the sacrifice of the innocent. The price of forgiveness is that one who is sinless, perfect, without blemish, shed his blood for the guilty. That's what we find in the blood of Jesus. He offers His sinlessness for our sinfulness; His purity for our corruption; His unblemished life for our sin-stained life. The frustration and burden sinners experience finds its relief in the precious blood of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. The staggering cost of forgiving sin was paid by the only One possessing something of that value. Praise God for paying the debt. Untitled Document
The Forgiven Painting by Danny Martin.
Danny is a graphic designer and illustrator living in East Texas. The portrait of Christ was conceived and painted in late 1996 as a labor of love. It was a difficult period of time in the artist life, financially, mentally and spiritually. Reaching the end of his rope he began to pray. The vision of Christ appeared to him one afternoon and he began work on the project immediately. The portrait has been sold nationally and has enriched many peoples lives. "I feel the most significant aspect of the painting is the emotional impact it has on ones conscience. It leaves you with conviction. People are left with making a decision when confronted with the image. Either you believe, or you do not. Accept Him or deny Him. The choice is yours."
To order the print which measures 16X20, please send check or money order in the amount of $55.00 plus $3.50 shipping and handling to:
P.O. Box 5571
Longview, TX 75608
Web Address: www.thouartforgiven.com.