‘He Cancelled The Record…Against Us…Bx Nailing It To [Christ’s] Cross.’ Colossians 2:14 NLT
How woud you like to have a list of all your sins and shortcomings made public? Not a pleasant thought, eh? Does such a list even exist? It does, and it’s a lengthy one. It details all the bad decisions you’ve made, the hateful acts, the unforgiving attitudes, the prejudices, the greed, the lust, the lies; the Bible says God has recorded them all. But you’ve never seen the list, have you? No, and neither has anybody else. That’s because: ‘He forgave all our sins. He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to [Christ’s] cross’ (v. 13-14). Knowing full well that the price for our sins was death, ‘Christ died..once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God’ (1 Peter 3:18 NIV). Note the words ‘forgave’ and ‘cancelled’ the record of the charges against us. ‘If those words don’t thrill your soul, nothing will!
Jesus set aside His divine robes and put on our sin-stained garments of shame: the shame of hanging naked before His friends and family; the shame of failure where it seemed for a while that satan was the winner and Jesus the loser; the shame of our transgressions as ‘He…bore our sins in his body…so…we might…live for righteousness’ (1 Peter 2:24 NIV).
Is there a limit to His love? If there is, David the adulterer never found it. Nor Paul the persecutor. Nor Peter the liar. Nor the thief on the cross. And you won’t find it either. When Jesus cried from the cross, ‘It is finished,’ God wrote ‘Paid for in full’ over every sin you’d commit from the womb to the tomb!