BY: Sharon Long
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BIBLE TEXT: John 19:30: When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I work for a large healthcare IT company in the billing department. Several times a month we have to suspend service for a customer due to non payment. We are more than generous with our customers, giving them time to pay or question their bill. By the time services are shut off, they have received many notifications by email and phone calls and a last warning. I recently received a request to suspend services for over 100 accounts, and as usual within hours, the collection department began getting calls to pay bills and then the accounts were reactivated because they had been paid in full. As I was reactivating many accounts, it occurred to me how grateful I am that my salvation doesn’t get suspended when I mess up! God does not have a department called “Heavenly Accounting Service” keeping record each time I mess up with an expectation of payment. That is a debt I owe but will never be able to pay. I was reminded of a song called Jesus Paid it All (Kristian Stanfill):
“Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. Oh Praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead.”
My salvation cannot be suspended because Jesus paid my debt in full.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I have often thought about the last three words that Jesus said on the cross before he died and for me. They are some of the most powerful words I have ever heard. I broke down the words and what they mean.
“It” means all — everything.
“Is” is in present tense.
“Finished” means completed — paid in full.
When Jesus cried “It is finished” not only was my debt paid but the accuser of my debt was defeated.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank you for paying the debt I owed with your own life. Thank you for washing away the crimson stain of my sin and making it white as snow. Not only did you pay my debt but you made sure that the accuser of my debt was defeated and has no place in my life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sharon has lived in Mount Juliet for 10+ years. She has 3 amazing kids: Ashleigh, Rachel, and Michael and two dogs: Bear and Buster. She has attended Life Assembly for 10 years, serving in Children’s ministry and Women’s ministry. She has worked for Change Healthcare for 5 years.