Someone’s Got To Pay

“Someone’s got to go to prison, Ben” -Agent Sadusky

One of my favorite lines in the movie National Treasure is this one. Not sure why. It could be its simple deliverance from Mr. Harvey Keitel in all his brilliance or the simple fact that law without grace is simplistic in and of itself. Screw up and you pay. Either case, great line from an even greater movie.

The line rings true in our walk with God as well. Someone’s got to pay. In all my screw-ups there has to be a method of payment for the grace that God gives. Thankfully I didn’t and don’t have to make that payment. I boast in the fact that the cross is where I hang my sin so that I may be redeemed, sanctified, and, justified and gain an inheritance with my maker in a heavenly place for eternity.

It may be hard to believe that there is a God that would be so selfless to give up his throne for a time to settle a debt that we created. It was through His love and mercy that God sent His son to be a perfect sacrifice for the penalty of our sins. No other god or idol has or will ever do that for you. The reward for such sacrifice is eternal life with God. If another dies for you it can’t reap the benefit that God’s punishment on Jesus has gained for us. (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:10, Isaiah 53:10)

This is a hard concept to grasp for those who don’t understand God nor know His sacrificial love for His creation. Because the world works in wicked ways, some have been conned into thinking God is evil, selfish, unloving, and uncaring and has written us off to our own devices. Or they just don’t believe God exists. I can only believe in grace through faith that He is and will eternally stand at redemption’s door and welcome us in saying “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord!”

Watch only through to 0:45


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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