Matthew 18:25— Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
The “debt” being spoken about is “sin”. All of us are sinners; some are outwardly respectable, decent and clean living sinners, while others have fallen into gross, sensual and open transgression.
No amount of guilt, tears, self-flagellation, discipline or repentance can work this debt into a payable debt. The sin-debt that each of us owes to God absolutely cannot be worked off. Once a person sins, his debt is absolutely irredeemable by anyone or any action except through death.
Romans 6:23 —For the wages of sin is death.
There are only two acceptable payments – either each individual pays for himself, or CHRIST pays in his place. However we absolutely cannot pay the debt ourselves.
Here is an explanation of what Jesus’ death on the cross did to pay our debts and purchase our freedom. Imagine you’re in a busy marketplace with a lot of commerce going on. In the center of the marketplace, you’re in the middle of an auction, where you are being bid on. As each successive bid is shouted out, you look in the eyes of those who are bidding on you and try to size them up. Are they kind or cruel? Just as the auction is winding down, a stranger from the crowd stands up and offers a bid ten thousand times higher than anyone else’s bid. There is no way anyone could ever match or beat that bid. As the auctioneer hastily accepts it, you look into that stranger’s eyes and realize he isn’t bidding on you to use you, like a slave. He’s buying you in order to set you free.
That’s just what Jesus did for us. He paid the price to set us free. The price for our freedom was so high we could never pay it. But He paid it for us.
But are we living in that freedom? Or are we subtly allowing ourselves to be controlled by our desires, our relationships, our schedule, or our fears. Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”
Yet most of us spend our lives seeking significance and freedom on manmade dead-end passes. But, here’s the amazing truth: No one can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for them— the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough (Psalm 49:7 – 8).
The price for our freedom has already been paid. The debt has been paid in full. Live in the freedom that Christ purchased for you!