"On one occasion the infamous outlaw Jesse James (1847-1882) and his gang sought food and rest at a lonely farmhouse. The woman there gave them what food she could and apologized for the poor hospitality. A widow and deeply in debt, she was even then waiting for the debt collector to visit her to demand $1400, which she could not possibly afford to pay. Jesse James had the spoils of one of his bank raids with him. He gave the astonished woman enough money to pay off her debt, telling her to be sure to get a receipt from the debt collector. Then he and his gang withdrew to watch the road leading to the farm house. Along came the debt collector, looking very grim. A short while later he emerged from the farm, looking altogether more pleased with himself. Jesse James and his men stopped him, recovered their $1400, and rode off."
Bartlett's Book of Anecdotes
As the old gospel tune goes, "I owed a debt that I could not pay. He paid a debt that he did not owe." The only problem is, Jesse James took back the payment!
Jesus, on the other hand, paid our debt in full, "by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands." And the receipt, well, He "nailed it to the cross" (Colossians 2:14, ESV).