Elizabeth and I started our taxes last night using the online software TurboTax to walk us through all the deductions, W-2’s, and expenses for the year 2014. TurboTax costs money for the service they provide, namely doing your tax return for you, but I ran into some issues. This led to me having to call the costumer service for assistance. The lady on the other end of the phone was quite helpful, and near the end of the call she directed me to a page within the tax return that was for payment options. At the bottom of the page there was a small option that read, “Service Code.” She ask me to select it and then type in a stream of numbers and letters, after doing so I hit the Submit button. Magically at the bottom of the screen where is showed what we owed TurboTax, which equaled something like $80, changed to FREE in all caps! I was pumped! We just received the service from TurboTax free of charge. It was a gift given to us by the lady on the other end of the phone, and we did nothing for it. Again I have to say Elizabeth and I were pumped. As young people we have learned the value of saving even a little bit of money, but this was over the top. It was free. What was also cool was the lady on the other end of the phone was just as ecstatic to give it to us, as we were to receive it. She was like, “Do you see what it says?!” “Tell me what it says!” with excitement in her voice. She was just as pumped to give as Elizabeth and I were to receive. There is no free gift like one that erases a debt that you knew you were going to have to pay.
Jesus when he died did this for us and His resurrection was the moment that FREE popped up at the bottom of the screen under Debt Owed! Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” So Jesus in His death paid the debt of death that we owed to God for our unrighteousness, namely rejecting His goodness for our lives and choosing our own ways and desires. This begs the question, how can we be sure that Jesus’ payment on our behalf was accepted? Here in lies the wonder of the Resurrection. When Jesus arose on the 3rd day, it was proof to the world that he had paid in full and it had been accepted. On our payment page at the bottom which read: Debt Owed – Death. Now reads: Debt Owed – FREE PAID IN FULL! Just like seeing this on my TurboTax was confirmation that I owed nothing, so to the Resurrection is confirmation that we no longer owe anything, because Jesus put in his special service code which was his willing sacrificial death. Then He arose from that death showing that the check he wrote for us had been cleared (A quote from Propaganda). What also is awesome is that just as the woman was excited to give me the FREE TurboTax, Jesus also was and is excited about giving you FREE Salvation. We have no reason to doubt His atonement for our sins, because of His Resurrection. He alone has the victory; therefore His words are true in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Just as I was excited to tell you all about my FREE TurboTax, I am excited to tell you about Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, because of what it means for me, namely no death but eternal life. When we experience something great, and make no mistake knowing Jesus is the greatest experience for all eternity, then you immediately want to tell someone about it. It is like watching a funny video on YouTube, the first thing you do after laughing your face off is tell someone so they can enjoy it and laugh with you. See our joy is not complete until we share it with others. This is just a fact of who we are as humans. This is what Jesus is getting at in the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:18-20. Yes Jesus commands us to tell others because the truth of the matter is when you experience greatness you want to share it (Television, Movies, TV shows, YouTube, News, etc are all built on this premise). In fact it is impossible to experience something great and not have a desire to share it with others. How much more so then should we be sharing the goodness of Jesus which surpasses all goodness with everyone we know.
Do you know that Jesus paid it all, and there is no way or need for you to add anything to his sacrifice for you and I! All we do is receive it!
Once you have received it just like any good thing experienced the only natural response is to share it, so are you sharing it?
These truths are what Matthew ends this Gospel with, and no doubt wanted believers to never forget!
Austin K. Davis