“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” (Luke 12:57-59)
In Jesus’ time if you borrowed money from someone and didn’t pay it back, they could take you to debtor’s court. If the magistrate judge decided you owed the money, he would turn you over to the officer who would throw you into prison. You couldn’t earn the money to pay the debt back, so you’d be in prison forever.
Jesus called the leaders of the temple hypocrites. They could interpret the weather but not Scripture. They had read the Old Testament scrolls and knew Jesus fit the requirements for their Savior, yet they refused to recognize Him. He could take their power away. Jesus called on the crowd to judge for themselves what was right, to follow the leaders of the temple or follow Him. “Because we broke God’s laws, we owed a debt – a debt that listed all the rules we failed to follow. But God forgave us of that debt. He took it away and nailed it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:14)
If you choose to follow Jesus, your debt is forgiven and you’re free. If you choose not to follow Him, you’ll remain in debtor’s prison.
Father in Heaven, Holy is Your Name. Give me today my daily bread that I’ll need to advance Your kingdom. Help me to do Your will on earth as some day I will in heaven. Thank you for forgiving my debts and help me to forgive others. Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.