July 7, 2015
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. Colossians 2:13
In 2011 AT&T began to sell an "unlimited" data plan to its customers.
Those customers felt they were getting a good deal. They believed that from the moment they signed up for this unlimited plan, they would be able to use their tablets, their cell phones, their computers to download all kinds of data, without any kind of restriction.
That's what the customers thought. AT&T thought differently.
In practice, AT&T did let people download their data, but after their customers had reached a certain number, the company slowed down the speed at which that data was received. They slowed that data down to a crawl. Many of AT&T's customers were frustrated; some felt they had been cheated, and more than a few complained to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The FCC agreed with those disgruntled customers.
In a recent ruling, the FCC said that AT&T apparently doesn't understand that "unlimited" means, well, it means unlimited, that is without restrictions, without penalties, without any kind of slow down.
Even more, to help AT&T learn the meaning of unlimited, the FCC has socked the mega-provider with a 100-million-dollar fine. That's the largest fine the FCC has ever imposed. Understandably, this is a decision AT&T will be protesting in an appellate court.
Now I wasn't totally surprised that AT&T didn't understand the meaning of unlimited. It's a big corporation and is doing its best to make money. But then I got to wondering -- does the Lord understand unlimited? We know Jesus came into this world to offer Himself as the sacrifice that would save us from our sins, but does that mean an unlimited number of sins?
Does Jesus' blood rescue us from the condemnation of all our transgressions? In the passage for today's devotion St. Paul lets us know that there are no exceptions. He says, in Jesus, God has "forgiven us all our trespasses." Period. There are no exceptions listed. If there are any doubts left, St. John makes things really clear when he writes, "And the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7b).
There you have it. These passages, and many others like them, assure us that God's forgiveness is unlimited. For people of faith, there is the reassurance that there is no sin so large, so heinous, so hidden that it is beyond the cleansing scope of Jesus' sacrifice.
In other words, when it comes to God's forgiveness, unlimited means, yes, it means UNLIMITED.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks there is forgiveness, salvation and hope to all who have Holy Spirit-given faith. With all my sins forgiven, may I lead a life that points others to Your unlimited love. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries