40 Days of Reflection (Lent) | Day 38: Triumph


John 19:30

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished:


Found only in the Gospel of John 19:30, the phrase ‘it is finished’ as used by Jesus while He hanged on the cross is a translated word from Greek, which is tetelestai. And the meaning of the Greek word tetelestai is an accounting term which means ‘Paid in full’.

If Jesus actually said, “Paid in full”, what did He really mean? It’s simple; He was declaring the debt we (mankind) owed God fully paid. It was not His debt, but ours, yet by his sacrifice He wiped it away forever.

Now, if you still don’t know or understand what this debt is all about, then hear this,

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 3:23, 6:23

Okay, so now that you know what this debt is about and that Jesus paid it in full, what is your response to this? The wages of sin is debt and we should die for our sins, but Jesus took our place.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 1 Peter 2:24

He came to earth with a purpose and a plan. A wonderful plan of redemption. And not even the gates of hell could stop this from happening. It was the will of the father, that He die and that by His death the penalty for sin will be paid in full. Through His death we receive the forgiveness of sins and we are able to draw near to God. Because of sin we couldn’t get to God even after trying our own ways and creating religion. God came Himself and showed us the way to Him. That’s GOOD NEWS!

When Jesus said, “it is finished”, it was a declaration of triumph. A triumph over sin and its power.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10

Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:24-25

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. Isaiah 53:6-8

Jesus came because of you and He died on the cross and rose again because of you. If you read this post and reflect on the scriptures listed and believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died and rose again from the death and confess it with your mouth you’ll be saved. He came to seek and to save the lost.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10


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