PART TWO of TWO Being Canceled
By Scott Hilgendorff / Cowboys of the Cross
Cancel-culture wants us to be held accountable for our words and actions no matter how long ago and how much we have changed since then. Even without being a Christian, we mature and change so that sometimes views we held years ago aren’t even close to those we hold now.
Christians specifically go through a transformation we call sanctification, the process of becoming more like Jesus.
What the cancel culture around us doesn’t understand is what Jesus did for us to start the process of sanctification—he canceled our debt.
2 Colossians 2:13-14 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
The debt referred to her means our offense or sin against God. Jesus canceled our debt by dying on the cross to take the punishment meant for our debt, our sin.
The gospel in really simple terms is built around Jesus paying the price for our debt. It’s our sins that separate us from God and are going to be judged and condemned by Him without Jesus. But Jesus was sent to live perfectly among us to serve as a sacrifice in place of our sins. His death on the cross took the punishment so that by believing Jesus was the Son of God, did in fact die for our sins and was resurrected after his death, and by acknowledging we’re sinners and asking to be forgiven, we can be forgiven of our sin—our debt is then paid for by Jesus’ death.
That’s how we have the phrase or understanding that Jesus paid the price for our sins. Where our culture holds our mistakes against us and wants to take away what we have for our past mistakes, it’s those past mistakes that God cancels through Jesus. He no long holds the past against us and even extends grace to future mistakes we might make.
It’s like having $500 in fines for a fight you got into with the arena boss that got out of hand when he pushed you to nod your head before the bull was off your leg. You weren’t going to be able to enter another rodeo until the fine was paid and knew you were in the wrong for throwing that left hook. You worked hard to set the money aside because you qualified for the finals but there was no way you could save that much on top of entry fees. You call the association office to see if you can convince them to find a way to let you enter only to find out the arena boss paid your fine and your entry fees.
Even though you sinned against him your whole life, your debt was canceled by Jesus and eternity in Heaven is waiting for you.