So when He had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished.!’ And Bowing His head, He gave up His Spirit. John 19:30
Have you ever had dinner out with friends and when the check comes they insist on picking up the tab or paying the bill? You are probably shocked, but happy and very thankful. If it was a very expensive restaurant, you are probably even more thankful! You didn’t expect it, but they wanted to show their love and friendship by blessing you. Those simple gestures of love can really mean a lot and bring a little extra joy to your day. When Jesus says it is finished, the greek word ‘Teleo’ means its complete, finished, and performed… so that means there will be no more pain, suffering, torture or death for Jesus. He died once for all. He doesn’t go through crucifixion over and over again. That radical sacrifice He made is over. That greek word ‘Teleo’ also means paid. So, when Jesus says, Its Finished, it also means its paid. What’s paid? Our sin that would separate us from a Holy God has been paid by Him. He picks up more than an expensive tab, He picks up the price for our sins. But He didn’t pay with hard earned cash, a credit card or gift card. He paid by enduring excruciating pain and suffering that was also now finished. That means for us that there is no need to try to work at being forgiven, no need to try to do good deeds or obey certain rules to earn that forgiveness. No, forgiveness is free, it’s a gift. That can be hard for some people to accept because they like to feel like they need to contribute something or have something tangible in their life to earn salvation, but nothing is necessary as its all been paid for by Jesus. ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.'(ephesians 2:8-9). There is nothing we can do to earn it. Its a gift. That payment should lead to a change in us, but that change is not what saves us. That change is a response to what Jesus finished for us. Its not about what we do, its all about what He did. Jesus has picked up a extremely expensive tab. Our sins are paid for. That’s reason in itself to be a little extra joyful and thankful today.