“Now my debt is paid. It is paid in full by the precious blood that Jesus spilled.
Now the curse of sin has no hold on me. Whom the Son sets free,
Oh is free indeed.”
-from “Man of Sorrows” by Hillsong Worship
We’ve been on the road for a week and a half now. We’ve made our way to PA, and we’ll be playing at Michael’s home church for the next couple days! As we’ve started this tour, I’ve been constantly reminded of the lyrics above from one of our songs on our repertoire. The lyrics are so powerful and hold so much truth. Our sins have been paid, and we have been set free because of Christ’s death on the cross. As believers, we are free from our sins and it even says in Romans 8:1 that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
But why is it so hard to remember this truth? Why is it so easy to simply know that you’re set free and to instantly forget?
If you’ve ever seen our concerts, you might have seen us do one of our dramas to a song called, “Dare You to Move.” The drama tells the story of the gospel and starts from the beginning when God created the world and man and ends with Christ dying on the cross and restoring our relationship with him. I play Eve in the drama (from Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis) and there’s this moment when I (or Eve), eats the fruit from the tree that God specifically said she couldn’t eat from. She instantly realizes her mistake and starts to run.
Every time I do that drama, I’m reminded of how much I’m like Eve. Whenever I know I’ve sinned, my first instinct is to run or try to resolve the issues on my own. There are times when I know I’m wrong, but instead of stopping, I will continue to run because pride won’t let me stop. It’s in these moments when I forget that my debts have been paid. That I’ve been set free from the bondage of sin. I forget what Christ did for me 2,000 years ago. I’m caught in my own guilt and shame, but that’s exactly what we are set free from! I’ve been learning to preach the gospel to myself daily because I know that I desperately need the gospel. It is so important to remind yourself of the gospel daily and to preach the gospel to others, so that you can have a fuller understanding of who God is.