“Father Forgive Them, They Know Not What They Do.” (Luke 23:34)

Jesus did it! He paid the price, so we do not have to. Everything you think you are going through; Jesus went through it for me and you.  The price is paid. We were all a mess, Jesus put us back in one piece, whose very breath and life, and blood flows through us.

Can you imagine what one man endured for you and me?  Can you imagine the agony Jesus went through for you and me? Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus looked death in the face, and said, it is Finished.

  • The Debt is Paid in Full
  • Jesus Was Willing at All Cost to Get the Job Done
  • What did Jesus Mean When He Said, “It Is Finished
  • How Many of Us Can Complete the Assignment Without Complaining, Mummering, During it halfhearted
  • Jesus Prays to Be Glorified
  • Jesus Prays for His Disciples
  • Jesus Prays for All Believers

The Debt is Paid in Full

When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by you and me, the debt of sin. He paid the price for us in full. There was no down payment. No lay-away- plan. No Promissory estoppel note. What Jesus did for us, we could never repay?

Can you imagine someone dying in your place? Jesus did! Can you imagine someone carrying your burdens? Jesus did! Can you imagine someone taking your sickness/disease and pain? By His Stripes you are healed. Jesus did!

“When we were dead in our sins and in the uncircumcision of our flesh, God made us alive with Christ. The Bible says, Romans 8:11. (NLT)

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. (Romans 8:11)

 He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” – Colossians 2:13-15 (NIV)

What Jesus did for us, we did not have to pay for it, it was a free gift. We are offered forgiveness as a gift, not as a reward based on our ability to earn it. We did not earn it; we did not have to work for it. IT WAS A FREE GIFT. PRASIE THE LORD!

In the final moments of Jesus’ life, as He was hanging on the cross, the last word He said before He breathed His last was “Tetelestai” which translates to “It is finished.” When Jesus died, our need to prove ourselves died with Him.

We need to understand that we have already been bought and paid for. We was bought with a price, and paid for by the Blood of Jesus. We no longer must make amends with God. We do not have to do more right than wrong to earn His love and mercy. We do not have to “pay to play.” Instead, the punishment we deserve for our sins has already been paid in full. That is what Jesus said when He proclaimed, “it is finished.”

I know it can be tempting to think you have to earn God’s love and forgiveness, especially when you are so accustomed to having to earn everything else. But I would encourage you to begin to live in the freedom that our Heavenly Father loves you unconditionally, and that He offers you forgiveness free of charge. Nothing you can do to make God love you anymore, and nothing you do can make God love you any less. He sent His only, beloved Son to die for you and me, so that He could have a personal relationship with us. With that in mind, I hope you decide today to walk in the freedom, comfort, and peace of that reality.

Jesus Was Willing at All Cost to Get the Job Done

Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to do what was necessary to get us back. He was beaten and flogged until He was barely recognizable. He was mocked and cursed but spoke no words of resentment or anger; instead, asking His Father to forgive those who hurt Him. He hung on the cross with the weight of the worlds sin on His shoulders. He struggled to breathe with every breath He took.  The Bible says, He was obedient even unto death, given as a sacrifice for us. What love? He was given vinegar just too wet His parched throat. When He received the drink, He said His final words “it is finished” and gave up the ghost. The sky darkened and the earth roared, and the temple curtain ripped in half at the sound of His last breath. Jesus died one of the most terrible, gruesome, and painful deaths in history, but He chose to for you and me. No one else could have gone this this, but Jesus. He was the only one.

What did Jesus Mean when He Said, “It Is Finished”?

He came to “finish” God’s work of salvation in us. He came to “pay it in full,” the entire penalty, or debt, for our sins. He is at work in our world still today in powerful ways.

When Jesus said, “it is finished”, He did not only mean that His life on earth was finished. He was also declaring that all our sins had been washed away by His blood. The Greek word “it is finished” is translated to tetelestai, which was stamped on the bottom of receipts meaning “paid in full”.

We all have an overwhelming sin debt with God, and the penalty was death. There is no possible way we can ever pay for this overwhelming and massive debt. This debt was greater than the nation’s debt.  When Jesus hung on the cross, He paid the price for our freedom and redemption. He paid the price for you and me.

Our freedom was bought by the blood of the lamb. It was not a down payment but paid in full. Jesus finished His work on the cross and left nothing undone. He even forgiven us of ALL OUR SINS, PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. What Love? Jesus said, Father the work you have given me to do It is Finished.

Jesus completing down to the last detail; what God assigned him to do. Everything Jesus did, it was done in excellence, down to the last detail. He did not forget anything. He did not leave anything out. He Finished it all.  For you and for me. Praise the Lord!

How many of us can complete the Assignment without complaining, mummering, during it halfhearted?

There are eleven words that we can easily commit to memory:   His perfect sacrifice, Salvation, Jesus Body, Jesus shed Blood, it is finished, eternal life, by his stripes, we are healed, forgiveness, perfection, punishment, price, which outline the wonderful things that Jesus accomplished by dying on the cross. Through that perfect sacrifice, he offered us a free gift. We do not have to live under the weight of condemnation, guilt, or shame. There’s forgiveness through Jesus. We have purpose, hope, and eternal life through Him. We are loved more deeply than we could ever imagine.

There is no sin too big or too small for God’s grace to cover. You are debt-free thanks to Jesus ultimate sacrifice, and that is a pretty big thing. Not only did Jesus pay the everlasting price of the debt of sin, but He also gave you a ticket to heaven. He gave us the greatest gift of all- eternity with Jesus. And you do not have to win the lottery or do big deeds to get to heaven. We can never repay Jesus for what He has done for us. All He wants is our hearts, and a relationship.

Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10)

Jesus Prays to Be Glorified (John 17:1-26) NIV Bible Gateway

17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.

Jesus Prays for His Disciples

“I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.

13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.

Jesus Prays for All Believers

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

10 Verses that Remind Us of the Power of Christ’s Death on our Behalf

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10 Verses that Remind Us of the Power of Christ’s Death on Our Behalf:

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

“Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19

“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10

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