The Great Reversal
Suppose a man borrows your car and as he backs it out of your driveway, he smashes the gate and knocks down part of the garden wall. Your mind instantly worked to retrieve the file reminding you that your property insurance doesn’t cover the gate and the wall. What will you do? I almost fell off my seat when I heard very devoted followers of Christ answer, “choke him” or “kill him!” How loving!
Well, I think the natural response would be to demand that he pay for the damages. However, the reason why he borrowed your car is that he doesn’t have his own and certainly no money to pay up for this mess. What now? How about taking whatever he has to somehow compensate for the damages or perhaps sue him, that way you might start to feel good that there is justice? What about forgiving? If you let him go, the damages in your car, gate and wall do not just disappear. Yes, if you forgive him, you will take the cost of the misdeeds on your self.
This is actually your story and mine. We have made so many damages and continue to do so that we can’t afford to pay up. The truth is we’re spiritually bankrupt. We totally deserve to be sent to jail and rot there.
But look at Colossians 2:13-14...
“You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures. He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross.” (GOD’S WORD Translation)
At the cross, Jesus took upon Himself even more than the amount we owe. If it was $1,000 in damages, He paid $1M! What a twist! You and I did nothing to deserve the payment, let alone the overpayment. The great reversal is that Jesus, who is at the place of ultimate power, changes places with the marginalized, oppressed and poor. At the cross, Christ wins through losing, triumphs through defeat, achieves power through weakness and gains by giving it all away.
How are we to respond to this?