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August 21, 2018, 8:46 AM

Paid Forward...Forever

Several years ago there was this Christian radio station in Minneapolis that was doing a promotion encouraging people to pay for someone else in line. It might be the drive thru coffee shop, or McDonalds or whatever. It didn't matter just pay for the person behind you. It's a pretty cool experience when you pull forward to pay for your stuff and the person in front of already took care of it. It feels a little odd, too. You really want to pay it back but you can't. Usually you have no idea who that person was. 

The word, redeemed, means that your price has been paid. It's as if a ranson was out for you and someone paid your ransom, but you cannot pay it back. This is what Jesus did for you on the cross. Under the old law something had to die to pay for sins. They used animals and the blood of animals. You did not want to pay this price. God sent Jesus down here to pay the price for you. He took your place so that you could have eternal life. 

As I sit here and just stop and think about this I am convicted that I take this for granted. I don't realize how great of a gift this is. I know a young lady who has a liver from someone. She had a liver disease as a young girl and she was given a liver from someone who had donated their organs. This has made a huge impact on this young lady's life. The obvious impact is that she is able to keep on living a healthy life and go on and pursue her dreams. But she also has a never ending gratitude to this person and their family. It's something you just don't take for granted. Someone had to die so that you can live. 

The same is true of what Jesus did for us. He died so that you can live. He paid it forward forever. 

So how do we pay it forward? I can't do the same thing for someone, but I can share this good news with other people. I can let people know that this kind of gift is available to them, too. This is what Jesus asks us to do. He wants more people to know that this gift is for them. So go out there and pay it forward. 

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