Another gospel parable shared by Jesus. This can be found in Luke 7:41-43. It reads;
Then Jesus told him this story: “A man loaned money to two people—500 pieces of silver to one and 50 pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both, canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”
Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.” Luke 7:41-43 NLT
The man who loaned money to the two people represents God. The people who the money was lended to represents us. God has loaned everyone of us life and the payment is that we are righteous. This payment is not in currency form. He requires our lives in return. To be given back to him. Completely to Him. However we all have defaulted because we have all sinned.
We couldn’t do this on our own. So, Jesus came to earth, went to the cross and died to pay for our debts (sin). His death paid the debt for the sins of mankind. This gave us access to forgiveness.
In the eyes of God, there is no small debt (sin). A murder is equally as grievous as a lie. The earthly consequences might vary but not so in the eyes of God. So in this parable, it didn’t matter if one owed 50 pieces and the other 500 pieces. The bottom line is that both of them were debtors; just as we all were until Christ died for us.
Those who accepts Christ as their Lord and Saviour by faith and have given their lives wholly to Him, have accepted forgiveness. Those who haven’t are still debtors because even though forgiveness is available, they are yet to accept it. If you haven’t done so yet, please accept Christ into your life so you can eternal life.
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