Thought for the week

The Oban Times - - BIRTHS, MARRIAGES & DEATHS - Rev Chris­tine Fulcher, Par­ish As­sis­tant, Kil­more and Oban Par­ish Church.

‘While we were yet sin­ners, Christ died for us.’ (Ro­mans 5:8)

Just a few days ago, I was lis­ten­ing to an Ital­ian con­ver­sa­tion.

I could not un­der­stand what was be­ing said, but the word ‘scot-free’ popped up right in the mid­dle of a sen­tence and it struck me as quite odd!

It sparked my in­ter­est, so I looked up the ori­gin of the word. It has noth­ing to do with Italy – or Scot­land for that mat­ter. It is ac­tu­ally an old English word and its ori­gin lies in me­dieval Eng­land where the ‘scot’ was a land or prop­erty tax levied on lo­cal peo­ple.

For those liv­ing in more chal­leng­ing places, way up the hill­side or per­haps prone to flood­ing, the tax did not have to be paid. Hence, those peo­ple got off ‘scot-free’.

Word mean­ing and us­age evolves over time and nowa­days we use the word in sit­u­a­tions where some­one man­ages to avoid pun­ish­ment even though they de­serve it.

Per­haps this is one way of ex­plain­ing what Jesus did for all hu­man­ity when he gave his life for us on the cross. His sac­ri­fice re­leased us from our debt of wrong­do­ing. Jesus took our place and we get off scot-free or debt-free.

We are un­de­serv­ing and yet the debt is paid on our be­half. What an amaz­ing God we have.

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