I infrequently receive mailings and emails from attorneys informing me that I can participate in, or am a recipient of, a settlement for a class-action lawsuit. When I review the settlement details, I am usually unfamiliar with the actual crime or the verbiage is so dense with legalese, that I am hopelessly confused over the actual grievance. In most of the cases, I am the recipient of a settlement for a crime that I was unaware was even perpetuated. No problem, I’ll accept it!
For many years, I was content with the self-assured notion that I lived a good and moral life. The universe was a product of random molecular events, a successful example of evolution on the grandest of scales. As long as I didn’t hurt others, as long as I maintained peace in my relationships, all would be fine. However my ignorance did not excuse the truth that I am guilty of a heinous crime, committed long ago, and I am still an active participant. Like the class action lawsuit, I was unaware the crime was committed.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
Colossians 2:13-14 (ESV)
The most heinous crime ever committed is man’s sinful rebellion against God, our Creator. God offered man a perfect life, replete with unimaginable blessings. Man responded by disobeying God, allowing sin to enter into his life and this world. It is a crime against God and the punishment is eternal separation from God. But God, by His grace and mercy, also provided the just settlement. It is not by living a good and moral life, making financial donations to worthy charities, or being kind to your neighbor, that this crime may be adjudicated. These are all noble actions but it is man’s attempts to come to a settlement. God pronounced judgment and only God could bring the settlement. God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to live a perfect sinless life, completely obedient to Him. Jesus was tortured and executed on the Cross and three days later, resurrected to everlasting life. He conquered death, the punishment for sin. Through His sacrifice, if we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the record of debt, the class action lawsuit against us, will be set aside. The settlement is complete, all one needs to do is accept it!
I was dead in my sins, unaware of my crimes against God, until I realized how desperately I needed a Savior. Thanks be to Jesus Christ for being the settlement for all who call upon His Name!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.