Those of you who have bought a car or house, or anything else of value and have paid off a bank loan know the finality (and relief) of such an event. It’s done. No more payments! A heavy but uplifting thought. Finé! Finished! Yea! You may even receive a copy stamped, “Paid in Full” in red ink.
Perhaps you have never received a traffic fine of some kind. JBut if you have, it was due to an infraction of the law. Someone had to pay your fine. For me, it was me! Right there on the street, in cash, to the Polizei.
Jesus came for many reasons, but primarily to pay a legal debt that we incur, a death penalty in the spiritual realm for our infractions, disobedience, and rebellion to and against God Himself. We’re all guilty. On the Cross, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
In the common Greek language, He said, “Tetelestai!,” an accounting term meaning, “Paid in Full.” His work as a final sacrifice for all transgressions on earth was done, from Adam and Eve to me and you and beyond; “the righteous for the unrighteous, that
He might bring you to God, after being put to death in the fleshly realm but made alive in the spiritual realm.”
Father, Your compassion toward us is beyond what we can understand, but we can see that it is real, for You sacrificed Your own Son to pay for our rebellion, that we by simple trust might be with and access You forever. How can we say thank You but to obediently follow Your lead and forgiveness?
In turn, Jesus teaches us to do the same; not to die but to live for Him. “See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” Paid in Full.
John 19:30, 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:15, Ephesians 4:32 HCSB