Scripture: Colossians 2:14 says:"14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
The New Living Translation says:"14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. What cross? Christ's cross
When I was a little girl my parents and siblings loved listening to lots of records on the phonograph, you all know what I'm talking about; the one that was adjacent to your television. You had one side with a door and behind it was the television. And there was another side with a door which is where the phonograph or record player was. Come on somebody, I know I'm not the only senior citizen in here old enough to remember those days! I was raised in the 50's and 60's and in those days we listened to Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Chubby Checker, James Brown, The Jackson Five, Four Tops,Temptations,Supremes etc.
Back in the day the records came in singles called 45's and the albums were 33's or 78's I can't remember which. But I do know that you had to insert a plastic disk in the center of the 45 record so that it would play on our phonograph. The 33 already had a hole in the middle so it slid right down on to the turntable. We didn't always listen to rock&roll or rhythm and blues. I haven't been saved all of my life like some of you! Lol.. When my parents were gone we would listen to their party records. People like Redd Fox, Mom's Mabley, and Dick Gregory. We would laugh our heads off and keep checking to see whether our parents were outside parking the car.
But that's not the kind of record I want to talk to you about today. As a matter of fact, there are several definitions for the word record according to Webster's Dictionary. And the meaning of the word depends upon which way you pronounce the word. .Lets take a look at another meaning:
#1. Record- An official report of proceedings and judgment in a court.for example, The court secretary will record the evidence in her court transcript, so make sure your statements are truthful.
#2. Record-A thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account of an act or occurrence kept in writing or some other permanent form
#3.Record- The total of the past achievements, performance or actions of a person or organization; especially in sports; the best performance or most remarkable event of its kind that has been officially measured and noted.For example: The UCONN Women's Basketball Team holds the record for the most NCAA Basketball Championships.
#4. A thin plastic disk carrying music in grooves on each surface. For reproduction by a record player. Now of course music is recorded on compact disk.
As I said there are several meanings of the word (record) depending on how you pronounce the word, but the meaning that I want to address today is meaning # 2. A piece of evidence about the past, especially an account of an act or behavior kept in writing or some permanent form. I stopped by here this fifth Sunday morning on March 29,2014 to give you some good news. The good news is: "Your Record is Cancelled!" That's what we're going to talk about briefly ths morning. Lets look and listen to these two translations of the same Scripture found in Colossians 2:14. It says: The New Living Translation says:"14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. What cross? Christ's cross.
Now let's turn the time back, back before Christ Jesus went to the cross to become the substitute for our sins.how many of you know there There is/ was a record that was being kept in heaven by God, the great record keeper! How would you like to have a list of all your sins and shortcomings made public?Not a pleasant thought is it? Does such a record or list in exist? Yes, indeed it does and it's a lengthy one at that! It details all the bad decisions you and I have made. It includes the hateful acts, the unforgiving attitudes, the prejudices,the greed, the lies, bitterness, and callous treatment of the poor etc.
. The Bible says God has recorded them all. But you've never seen the list have you? No, and neither has any body else. That's because: God the Father, through Jesus Christ forgave all our sins . In other words, we were guilty as sin, ButGod dropped the charges, not only were they dropped, but they were canceled, blotted out of the book of remembrance. The Bible says, "As far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12).
Oh, maybe you feel that you're not on that list! But I beg to differ with you because my Bible says,"All have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). Christ forgave our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to ( Christ's ) cross. ( v. 13-14).
Isaiah 53: says," The chastisement " or the punishment that we should have received, Christ put it upon himself; and by His stripes we are healed. Jesus knew full well that the price for our sins was death, yet, Christ died.... Once and for all, the righteous for the unrighteousness, to bring you and I back to God .(1Peter 3:18 NIV ). Note the words "forgive" and canceled the record of the charges against us." If those words don't thrill or excite your soul, nothing will!
The gospel recording star, Shirley Caesar recorded a song quite a few years back entitled "No Charge." The lyrics go something like this:
My sister's little boy came into the kitchen. One evening while she was fixing supper. And he handed her a piece paper he had been writing on. And after wiping her hands on an apron. She took it in her hands and she read it. And this is what it said:
For mowing the yard, five dollars
And for making up my own bed this week, one dollar
For going to the store, fifty cents
And playing with little brother while you went shopping, twenty-five cents
Taking out the trash, one dollar
And for getting a good report card, five dollars
And for raking the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen seventy-five
Well, she looked at him standing there and expecting to get some money from her. And a thousand memories flashed through her mind
So she picked up pen and turned the paper over
And this is what she wrote
For the 9 months I carried you
Growing inside me, no charge
For the nights I sat up with you
Doctored and prayed for you, no charge
For the time and the tears and the costs through the years
There is no charge
When you add it all up the real cost of my love
Is no charge
For the nights filled with dred
And the worries ahead, no charge
For the advice and the knowledge
And the costs of your college, no charge
For the toys, food and clothes
And for wiping your nose there's no charge son
When you add it all up the real cost of my love
Is no charge
Well, you know when I think about that. I think about the day that Jesus went out on Calvary
And gave His life as a ransom for me. When I think on the words, if any man be in Christ, he's a new creature old things are passed away, behold all things have become new. I like to think about the very minute that He shed His blood. My debt was paid in full. And I want you to know today,when you add it all up the real cost of real love is no charge.
Jesus set down, too, off his divine robes and put on our sin-stained garments of shame: the shame of hanging naked before his friends and family; the shame of failure where it seemed for a while that satan was the winner and Jesus was the loser; the shame of our transgressions as "He bore our sins in His body so we might live for righteousness." (1Peter 2:24 NIV).
Is there a limit to His love? If there is, David the adulterer never found it. Nor did Paul the persecutor. Not did Peter the liar. Nor did the thief on the cross. And you won't find it either. When Jesus cried from the cross, "It is finished," God wrote. "Paid in a full" over every sin you and I committed from the womb to the tomb. Isn't that good news?
I hope this message charges you up. Have a blessed day and:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Pryers.