This is your inheritance.
An outrageous obligation!
What?! How?! Why?!
You didn't ask to be born into this!
You will NEVER be able to repay what is owed.
Not in your life time.
Not in the life time of your children, or your children's children.
In this fashion it was passed down to you from previous generations.
Which is why the debt persists.
And the burden of the liability weighs heavy on you.
It wasn't yours, but has now become yours.
It seems impossible.
It wouldn't have mattered if you'd known from day one, there would be no earning a way out of this.
One day, a man comes to you and says he will take the debt on your behalf.
ALL OF IT.
'You're crazy! No one in their right mind would sacrifice that much just to help me.'
'I promise, I can and want to do this for you. Just sign it all over to me, I've got the paperwork already drawn up.'
'What is this, some random act of kindness? Is there a camera rolling somewhere?'
'I promise you, this is not random. I have thought this through, long and hard. Now will you let me help you?'
You are at the end of your rope.
At the end of yourself.
You don't know what else to do.
What do you have to lose?
And so you do it.
You release the debt to this stranger, who seems to good to be true.
The bank statement shows zero outstanding.
It is finished.
You owe nothing.
Not even to your benefactor.
And then a surprise twist.
You start to read the 'paperwork' he drew up.
You drop the papers along with your jaw.
You pick it back up, studying the words carefully.
You read it over and over again, looking to convince yourself of their truth.
But there it is, in black and white.
You are now the heir to a king.
Your inheritance has been swapped, from pauper to prince.
You are royalty, bequeathed a kingdom, a mansion, land, riches.
Riches far more precious than mere gold.
You received an inheritance so vast it will take all of eternity to fully comprehend it.
You were not only freed but you were blessed.
Now that is Good News.
1 Peter 1:18-19, 3-4