It feels good when I have a debt and then I know that someone has cleared my debt.
There was a woman who had a small baby. One day the baby cried and the mother soothed her for a while until the baby calmed down and slept. She decided to warm some water on the stove, and as the water heated she decided to rush to the store to puck up some milk for the baby when she awoke.
While returning home, the mother saw smoke and heard screaming. When she neared, she realized that the fire originated from her own house. She knew without doubt that her daughter was in danger. She rushed and tried to enter the house where people had already gathered. They denied her access, but somehow pushed her way inside. She found the fire near the baby, took a blanket, wrapped the baby and walked out. On her way out, the fire caught on them and burned the mother’s face, but the baby was safe in her hands.
Many years later, the girl was taken to a boarding school. When her mother would visit, the girl would hide herself in shame because her own mother wasn’t beautiful like the others. This continued many times until one day the mother asked her daughter about her strange behavior.
The mother, disappointed and with pain, gathered her courage and narrated the whole store about how she gave her life to save her daughter. On hearing the story, the daughter cried bitterly and embracing her mother for the first time in a long time, asked forgiveness.
This is what happened to our Lord Jesus. The Bible says in Isaiah 53:5, But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
** Written by my friend, Pastor Isaac Mathembe, Kenya