We will always feel indebted to Christ.
John paints a picture through words in Revelation 4:10 (ESV) the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying. Many commentators suggest these elders are symbolic of redeemed humanity. (2) 1 Peter 5:4 says When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. The bible is pretty clear. When Christ comes, the redeemed will be given crowns, they will be overcomers. However, we will turn right around and lay those crowns at the feet of Jesus. Because did we really earn anything? He is the one that earned it all. We will always feel indebted to Christ.
“Let us imagine that a couple has been invited to someone’s house for the gift of a meal. They do not immediately seek to repay the kindness (for example, to try and pay for the meal would be offensive and embarrassing). Instead they leave with a sense of indebtedness that results in them later inviting the original hosts for a dinner at their place, (1). I believe a purer example of this type of indebtedness will be our experience throughout eternity. However, deep down we will know that there is nothing we can ever do to repay Him. Throughout eternity there will be song in the hearts of each of the redeemed, “Jesus loves me this I know” We will always feel indebted to Christ.
1 Peter 1:12 says It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. The angels live in the pure unadulterated presence of God and yet they long to look at How God gave everything for you and me. The word Greek word for “long” in this verse is epithymeō, which means to desire, or lust. The love wrapped up in your redemption is so beautiful that it is more attractive to the angels than the visual stimuli available to them in heaven. That’s why we will always feel indebted to Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:53 says when Jesus makes all things new this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. Isaiah 35:6 says then shall the lame man leap like a deer. One of the gifts of salvation is getting a new body. No more arthritis, no more pain, no more depression, no more scars, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (Rev. 21:5) But when Jesus shows up to His disciples, after He died, was resurrected, and in His glorified body, He offers His scars to a doubting Thomas and to a fear-filled church to prove that it is indeed He. Why does He still have scars? Isn’t that one of the things we look forward to in receiving our glorified bodies? Why didn’t Jesus get rid of His scars? Why is this important? Because now that they understand the scars, the sight and memory of them will increase the glory and joy of the rest of their lives. Seeing Jesus Christ with his scars reminds them of what he did for them—that the scars they thought had ruined their lives actually saved their lives. Remembering those scars will help many of them endure their own crucifixions. (3) Don’t you see, we will always feel indebted to Christ.
When God sets up His everlasting Kingdom there will be no more doubt that He loves us because we will never forget what He did for us. There will be no more fear He is who He said He was because He will say to us as He did that day to His disciples See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. (Luke 24:39) There will be no more darkness or pain because the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb, (Revelation 21:23). Sin will not rise a second time because we will always have an amazing, liberating, indebtedness to Christ. We will finally see through the lie of sin, God really is sufficient. We will no longer be enticed by the tree of Good and Evil, because we have been purchased by the tree of Calvary. We will always feel indebted to Christ, because we owe Him everything! On the day we no longer see through a glass dimly, we will be brought to our knees because we shall see him as he is…He is everything! He has always been everything; And He always will be everything!
(1) Excerpt From: Rollins, Peter. “The Idolatry of God.” Howard Books.
(2) The SDA Bible Commentary, Volume 7. 1980 (F. D. Nichol, Ed.) (767). Review and Herald Publishing Association.
(3) Keller, Timothy. “King’s Cross.” PENGUIN group, 2010-12-28