Text: “That is what the Son of Man has done: He cane to serve, not to be served .. and then to give away his life in exchange for many who are held hostage.” Matthew 20:28.

Jesus’ mission was a matter of “search and rescue.” He came to seek and save those who were lost (Luke 19:10). He fulfilled that mission by giving his life “as a ransom for many.”

As Jesus hung on the cross and spoke the words “It is finished” (John 19:30), he was announcing that his mission was now accomplished. Because he offered his perfect life as the sacrifice for sin, God was pleased to welcome home all his lost children!

The brief sentence “It is finished” translates from just a single word in the original Greek text. The same word was used by shopkeepers to announce that someone’s bill was finally paid. When the final payment was made on a purchased item, the merchant would say “Tetelestai” (“It is finished”). In other words, the debt was paid in full.

I know what many who had been labouring under the burden of a mortgage fee when they eventually succeed in repaying the mortgage debt – joy and relief! Never again would another payment be required! That was what the Master did for us – all who believe in Him – payment in full for all sins – past, present and future!!!

As Jesus said “It is finished” on the cross, he was assuring us that his mission was complete. He had paid in full all the costs required for our sin. And when we now place our trust in him, our debt for sin is forever wiped off the books! Have you come to His cross, then congratulations. May you finish well IJN. However, if you are still sitting on the fence, I urge you today to accept His free gift of His.

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