The Great Bailout

Over the past seven years, Americans have faced difficult financial times. The times were so great that financial institutions, automakers and many others received assistance from the government – bailouts. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, commonly referred to as a bailout of the U.S. financial system, sought to stabilize the American economy and to avert a greater world depression than the Great Depression. There was and is great debate over whether government should be taking on debt now for debt later. America’s insolvency, the inability to pay its debit, was only delayed. The national debt continues to rise. The challenges of the day were only delayed for challenges of tomorrow which our children or grandchildren will have to shoulder assuming tomorrow comes. America still remains insolvent.

There is a greater insolvency that we all face. We continue to outpace our ability to repay the debt owed on our actions. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death” According to that and several other passages, the result of our disobedience to God’s Word and will results in death. Obviously, the Word is not referring to immediate death entirely though there are instances when that is true. The death referred to is a separation between man and God. Because of sin, man’s union or fellowship with God was broken. We first saw this with Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Listen to the response of Adam after his sin.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

Since God is omniscient, the question He asked Adam was rhetorical and reflective in nature. Adam acknowledge that he was now separate and afraid. He hid because he knew he had done wrong; he had violated the rules of his relationship with God. Fast forward, we too have violated the rules of our relationship with God. We have not loved “the Lord your God with all your heart and with all yoursoul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30. Adam, Eve and all of us experience death when we sin against God. In doing so, we create a debt that we are incapable of paying without our eternal demise. “For the wages of sin is death, but he gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The gift of God, Christ Jesus, is The Great Bailout. In John 15:13, Jesus proclaims that Himself when He said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus proclaimed that the greatest demonstration of love is to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 1 John 3:16 says, “16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” Here we see the Father and the Son working in concert with each other to provide for the The Great Bailout.

The difference between my triune God’s The Great Bailout and the U.S. government bailout is its permanency. The debits assumed by the government must be repaid. In fact, some have asserted that the 2008 bailout sold America into slavery to the benefactor. Conversely, Christ’s bailout is permanent. Romans 6:10 says, “The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.” Similarly, Hebrews 7:27, says “Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” The Great Bailout is anchored and secured by Jesus Christ. To secure funding to cover your sin, one needs to surrender his debts and follow Christ. A life of fellowship, faith, peace, love, security in the midst of storms in exchange for eternal damnation after a tumultuous life with no aid from He who calms the sea is no comparison.

The primary requirement of The Great Bailout is captured throughout the Word; however, Romans 13:8 says, “Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.” This is exactly what Jesus told His disciples – Love one another. He demonstrated His love by laying down His life. In John 10:11, Jesus tells us He is the Good Shepherd. In John 19:30, He shows us that He is the Good Shepherd. Are you willing to lay down your life for Him? Are you owning up to your indebtedness to Christ? Are you still in need of The Great Bailout? If so, surrender to Jesus. He will lead you out of the bondage to sin. John 15:12 tell us to “12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.


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