In his book, Velvet Elvis, Rob Bell tells the story of having his bill paid at a restaurant. “We were finishing our meal when I noticed that the waitress brought our check and then took it away, and then brought it back again. She placed it on the table, smiled, and said, ‘Somebody in the restaurant paid for your meal. You’re all set.’ And then she walked away. I had the strangest feeling sitting there,” Bell said. “The feeling was helplessness. There was nothing I could do. It had been taken care of. To insist on paying would have been pointless. All I could do is trust that what she said was actually true and then live in that. Which meant getting up and leaving the restaurant. My acceptance of what she said gave me a choice: to live like it was true or to create my own reality in which the bill was not paid.”
This is what it means to be a true believer in Jesus Christ: to trust that we don’t owe anything. To trust that our sins have been forgiven, our debts have been paid there on the cross. Grace has paid the bill. This is every bit as hard to do (or harder!) than Rob Bell’s experience in that restaurant, but this is what we celebrate every Easter, and in many ways, every Sunday in Worship. Thank You, Jesus!
Grace and Peace,