Rev. Jonathan Latham

Jesus Christ suffered the agony of a brutal beating and humiliating abuse as he carried his cross to Golgotha.

He was nailed, while shamefully naked, to that cross, hanging there until He gave up His precious life. Such torture is horrible and difficult to comprehend. However, though the physical pain is terrible, the most significant suffering was of a Spiritual nature.

In six hours, Jesus settled the debt that would take us an eternity to pay. No one could ever imagine this kind of horror. The despair experienced by the perfect Savior, bearing all the sin of humanity, was so excruciating that Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Thankfully, He persevered to the end, and through parched lips, our precious Lord uttered these blessed words, “It is finished.”

The Greek word used here is the word “tetelesthai,” a common term in Greek business transactions that can be translated as “the debt is paid.” Jesus “paid in full” the unimaginable debt we owe to God because of our sin. He accepted the cost, paid the price and made salvation available to all who are willing to believe.

No matter how awful a person may be, their sins can be covered by the blood-price paid on the cross.

However, there is one thing we must do for that payment to be applied to our sin debt. We must, in faith, accept this gift for ourselves. Each person must understand and agree that they need to have their personal sin debt paid. Then that individual must receive Jesus’ payment of their debt.

To receive this payment is what it means to trust in Jesus as Savior. We don’t deserve this salvation; it is purely by grace, the unmerited favor of God, that we have any chance of eternal life in Heaven.

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:4-9, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

The Lord Jesus will not force anyone to accept His gift, but why would anyone refuse it?

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