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1 Timothy 1:15, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief”

On November 2, 1984, Margie Velma Barfield was the first woman to be executed in the United States after the 1977 continuation of capital punishment and the first woman to be executed by lethal injection. She had murdered her mother, her fiancée, and two other people. During her imprisonment Velma accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, and according to her close friend Ann Graham Lutz, became a godly woman. However as the hour of her execution drew near, Velma needed the reassurance of forgiveness. Here’s what Mrs. Lutz said. “Have you ever been to a beach and noticed on shore those little tiny crab holes?” she asked. “Yes, I’ve seen them” said Velma. “Have you seen where a child has dug holes to build sand castles?” “Yes.” “And have you ever seen where cranes dredge huge holes to widen a channel?” asked Ann. “I have seen them too,” said Velma. Ann then made her point. “You’ve seen little holes, middle-sized holes, and great big ones. Velma, what happens when the tide comes in? It covers them all equally, doesn’t it? Well that’s what happens when you are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. All of your sins are covered equally.”

Closing thoughts:

Writing this post a story came to mind that I read some time ago regarding a family who was about to cross the Mackinac Bridge into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula when a severe storm hit. High winds had forced authorities to close the world’s longest suspension bridge. When it finally opened, a long string of cars were in line to cross over. As the family drove up to the booth to pay the toll, the attendant said, “You don’t need to pay. The guy in front of you paid your toll.” As they watched the taillights of the minivan in front of them disappear, they knew they had not chance to thank the generous driver. That reminded me of the enormous price that was required for our entrance into heaven – a price we could never pay. But as that driver ahead paid the toll for that family, so One has paid the price for our safe entrance into heaven. Jesus paid the full “toll.” He shed His blood on the cross to satisfy the demands of a holy God (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Christ redeemed us by His death, and now by faith we can be freed of the penalty of our sin and be allowed to enter heaven. If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, accept the payment He made for you on the cross. Every sin … little, middle-sized, and huge, was fully atoned for at Calvary. On the basis of Christ’s death, God declares righteous all who trust Him as Savior and we need not fear of being condemned, just remember what happens when the tide comes in.

When God saves us, all our sins are forgiven, forgotten, forever!