Recently, my wife and I went to a restaurant in Pierce City to have breakfast. When we entered, I noticed a young man sitting at a table doing what we were about to do!

Recently, my wife and I went to a restaurant in Pierce City to have breakfast. When we entered, I noticed a young man sitting at a table doing what we were about to do!
I recognized him from East Newton High School – his name is Travis Allen. I spoke to him as we passed on our way to a table across the room. My wife and I enjoyed our food as well as the company of a friend that joined us. In a few minutes, our meal was finished and I went to the cashier to pay. I was surprised when she stated to me, “Your meal has been paid.” By that time, Travis was long gone but I knew he was the one who had done such a thoughtful thing! I didn’t even get a chance to thank him.
A couple weeks later, as I was preparing for Easter, I realized such an amazing thing! What Travis had done for me was a perfect example of what Easter is all about! Each of us enter this life and do our best to enjoy the journey. Along the way, we encounter people who make a difference in our lives.
But the reality remains, no one can remedy the problem we call sin. It’s like the check for that meal – a debt we owe. We try to find ways to settle our account with God. All kinds of religious activities are often substituted for the real satisfaction of the debt we owe for our sin. And then, we realize that the real message of Easter is, “Your debt has been paid!” Free!!!! I did nothing to deserve that free breakfast and I didn’t do anything to deserve the free gift of salvation. Accept, receive is what I do to make it mine! When it comes to your sin debt, have you accepted God’s offer? It’s the best thing you’ll ever do!!!!
And, if you see Travis, let him know he’s appreciated!!!

Doug Gripka is the pastor at Newtonia Baptist Church. He writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.