Juan Zamora of Richland, Washington owed a bill he could not pay for a charge he did not make. After filling up with gasoline and charging the $26 to his PayPal debit card, he arrived home to a message on his answering machine. The message, from PayPal asked him to verify a gas purchase of $81,400,836,908 and notifying him of a $90 dollar overdraft fee. Imagine that, Juan did not have over 81 billion dollars in his PayPal account to cover the charge.
--World Magazine, March 28, 2009 p14. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
The debt we owe is our own. But we could not pay it any more than Juan Zamora could pay his $81 billion dollar debt. Juan was eventually able to convince the company that, while gas prices may be extremely high, his Camaro would not hold $81 billion dollars worth of gas. In our case, Jesus paid our debt for us.
“I owed a debt I could not pay,
He paid a debt he did not owe.”
Romans 5:8 (YLT) and God doth commend His own love to us, that, in our being still sinners, Christ did die for us;