Day 31 – Journey to the Cross – Pastor Aaron Hoogerwerf

Hello First Family!

Today’s Devotion comes from Pastor Aaron! Enjoy!


Code Word – “Bill”

“…And forgive us our debts….”  Matthew 6:12

If you’re anything like me, going to the mailbox isn’t always the most fun thing to do.  Of course, it’s always great to receive cards and letters and well wishes from your family and friends – even in this day of email and Facebook and other forms of social media.  But the mailbox is also known for something else: a reminder of what we owe to others.  You know. The dreaded “B” word. Bills!  They arrive like clockwork in your mailbox and they never go away until your debt is paid in full.

In Matthew 6 when Jesus prayed to the Father “…And forgive us our debts…”, it was a foreshadowing of what He would do on the cross.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “God made Him Who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”   Jesus took willingly the penalty for our sins and He paid our sin debt in full – a debt we could never repay – when He sacrificed Himself for the sins of the world.  He gave His life so that we may have eternal life.  Salvation is a free gift from God, but let us always be mindful that it came at great cost to our Savior.  When we humbly ask in faith for forgiveness our sins, they are forgiven forever and God remembers our sins no more! (Psalm 103:12)

What a joy it is to experience God’s forgiveness.  And what a blessing it is to know that our sin debt is paid so that we can live in the spiritual freedom that Jesus has graciously provided for each of us through His great mercy and love. 

See ya tomorrow on our Journey to the Cross!


Pastor Aaron

One Response to “Day 31 – Journey to the Cross – Pastor Aaron Hoogerwerf”

  1. Kay Wilson says:

    He paid for sins without knowing how much that would be. My sin is paid for and forgotten as if it never existed. Thank you, Pastor Aaron for sharing.

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