Friday, April 6, 2012

It Is Finished


Today is a day of somber celebration.  We celebrate because Jesus paid the penalty for our sins allowing to regain that fellowship with God and to receive the promise of everlasting life.  We are somber because Jesus had to pay the penalty for our sins.  Make no mistake, I rejoice that Jesus chose to suffer and die for me so that I might have eternal life and I can not wait to spend eternity thanking Him for that sacrifice.  On the other hand, I wish my failures had not sent Him to the cross.  In other words, I am glad that He did but sad because He had to.  It was the only way as I had no hope on my own.   Today I just want to focus on one phrase (or one word depending on the language) that means everything to me, and I pray to you as well.
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.  John 19:30 NKJV
"It is finished."  Three words in English, the word "teleo" in Greek.  It means complete, finished, or paid in full.  When Jesus spoke those words, His reference was not to His time on earth, though it was the end of his life on earth.  When Jesus spoke these words, He did not mean an end to his suffering, though His suffering was complete.  What Jesus meant was that our sins were paid for.  The work was complete.  The price was paid. 

I do not want to write a lot today as the weight of what today commemorates is more than I can ever say.  With those words, we know that our sins were paid for.  As someone who, with the help of God, has paid down all of his credit card debt, I can tell you what an amazing feeling that is.  Even better, though, is knowing that our debt to God was paid.  It was a debt you would never have been able to pay.  Jesus lived the perfect life that we can not and He died to pay a penalty we could never afford.  He saved us from eternal banishment to the fires of Hell.  He saved us from a fate more horrible than the imagination of mankind could ever dream up. 

Jesus said much more than was ever recorded in the Word of God.  Of all the things He said over his three years of ministry or thirty years of life, only a few were chosen by God to become part of the Word of God.  Each was carefully selected and tells an important message that God thought was important for us to learn.  God wanted us to know it was finished.  God wanted us to have that assurance to know that the debt was paid in full.  Take great joy in that this Resurrection Weekend.  Jesus did not die so that we could mope, but so that we could rejoice in that He paid the price that granted us eternal joy.  He also wanted us to know that we need not be concerned with running up a new debt.  There are no surprise sins to God and when Jesus died, He died for every sin you would ever commit.  The account is closed, you can not add more debt to it.  If by chance you are one of those who literally crucify yourself this weekend, remember those words: "It is finished."  There is no need for that.  He suffered the Cross so you do not have to .  If you have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, then let this be your time.  Jesus paid to cover your debt, you just need to accept that free gift to apply it to your account.  Why not let the day that we commemorate His sacrifice be the day that sacrifice was counted for you. 
But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5 NKJV

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