Summary: God has our sins covered, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sermon title,,, I've got you covered
One of my favorite Christian songs, is done by a group, Phillips, Craig, and Dean. Here are the lyrics....
A scene so familiar at the old five and dime
The little boy waited his turn in line
And with eyes so intent he proudly displayed
The candy he'd buy with the money he'd saved
The girl at the counter wasn't sure what to do
Cause the money was less than the price that was due
Then a stranger spoke up from his place in line
Said whatever he's short just take it and add it to mine
I've got you covered, I'll pay the difference
You don't have to worry at all
Whatever the cost is I'll go the distance
If you fail, I will catch you
You know I wont let you feel like you're there all alone
I've got you covered Sometimes when I look back it's hard to explain
Just how far I've come yet how little has changed
I still long to hold what seems so out of reach
Only to find out it's not what it seems
I come to the Father alone and afraid
In need of forgiveness yet it's so far away
I cry out for mercy a child so in need
With a voice of compassion the Father calls out to me
I know what you're facing, I see where you're standing
I'm holding all the answers you need
Cause no situation will ever take you out of My reach
I’ve got you covered. No doubt we have all heard that phrase and perhaps have used it on occasion. But what exactly does it mean.
You step up to the counter to pay for your soda and candy bar and you reach into your pocket to pull out some money and you realize that you don’t have any with you or you used it somewhere else. Your face goes white, then red as you begin to tell the cashier, “I forgot my money.” But your friend that’s in line with you leans up and says, “It’s okay, I’ve got you covered.” When you had no possible way of paying that debt someone else stepped in and paid it for you.
In the old western movies, during a gunfight, one cowboy would tell the other one to make a break , and run toward cover. He would tell him, It is okay, I've got you covered.
Someone says, “Hey, let’s go out and get something to eat.” You really want to because you’re hungry but you have no money or your money should be used elsewhere and you say, “No I don’t think I can today.” That same someone who invited you says, “I’ve got you covered.” And suddenly you change your mind and decide yes I will go out to eat. You didn’t have the money to pay for that meal but someone else stepped in and paid the bill for you.
I love the poem, heavens grocery store..
"HEAVEN'S GROCERY STORE"
As I got a little closer
the door came open wide
And when I came to myself
I was standing inside.
I saw a host of ANGELS.
They were standing everywhere.
One handed me a basket and said,
"My Child shop with care".
Everything a Christian needed
was in that grocery store.
And all you couldn't carry,
you could come back the next day for more.
First, I got some PATIENCE:
LOVE was in the same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING:
You need that everywhere you go.
I got a box or two of WISDOM,
a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn't miss the HOLY GHOST,
For it was all over the place.
I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE
To help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full,
But I remembered I needed some GRACE.
I didn't forget SALVATION,
For SALVATION was free,
So I tried to get enough of that
To save both You and Me.
Then I started up to the counter
To pay my grocery bill,
For I thought I had everything
To do the MASTER'S Will.
As I went up the aisle, I saw PRAYER:
And I just had to put that in,
For I knew when I stepped outside,
I would run into Sin.
PEACE AND JOY were plenty
They were last on the shelf.
SONG and PRAISE were hanging near,
So I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel,
"Now, how much do I owe?"
He smiled and said,
"Just take them everywhere you go.”
Again, I smiled and said,
"How much do I really owe?"
He smiled again and said,
"MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL
A LONG, LONG TIME AGO."
It means in this sense that someone else paid the debt that was yours. Someone else took your place. I’ve got you covered.