Paul Hogan and Me
The Crocodile Dundee star has a lot in common with all of us
Paul Hogan is in deep “do do”. He is in deep debt; a debt that he cannot pay. He owes the tax man about $150 million. And because he is in debt he is not allowed to leave the country. He is trapped in his debt. Of course, being Paul Hogan, he was able to pull some serious strings which meant he has gone back to L.A.. But he still has a massive debt and (according to reports) no way to pay it.
It seems that I have a lot in common with Paul Hogan. Let’s see, we are both Australians and … we both like to wrestle crocodiles? OK, so I don’t have much in common with Paul Hogan. But here is something else I do have in common with Paul Hogan - I have a debt that has trapped me.
Actually, this is a debt that everyone has. It is a debt caused by our sin and rebellion against God. It is a debt that has trapped us in vicious cycle of selfishness, lovelessness and loneliness. It is a debt that we cannot pay and it is a debt that results in death.
But, here comes the great news; this debt has been dealt with. Check out Colossians 2:13-14
"And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by cancelling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross." (E.S.V.)
How amazing is that! God, in his mercy and grace has forgiven us our debt and dealt with our debt by nailing it to the cross with His Son Jesus. This is the gospel; that Jesus came to take the punishment for our sin so we could be freed from the debt of sin and live a life of worship to Him. All we have to do is turn back to God in repentance and faith to accept this amazing gift.
Imagine if the Tax Office just canceled Paul Hogan’s debt. I reckon he would be pretty stoked about that. How much more stoked should we be that God has nailed our debt to the cross?