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2023 01 11

Good morning.

I (Mike) remember one of my Pastors from my dim and distant past, tell the account of he and one of the business men in our congregation tussling over the bill for the meal. All the while they were tussling the waiter stood there with a big grin on his face. He finally told the pastor to open the Billfold and look at the bill. The pastor immediately looked at the bill which had "PAID IN FULL" written across it.

One of the members from our church, who was in the restaurant, had paid the bill on their behalf.

That's what Jesus did. He paid with His life when He died on the cross and paid for all our misdeeds and mess-ups; past, present and future.

In Jesus’ final moments on the cross, He made a bold declaration when He uttered a single word: “Tetelastai” (John 19:30). Most Bibles translate this single word into the phrase, “It is finished.” But in the original language, it has deeper, richer meaning. It can also be translated as “Paid in full.”

In New Testament times, the word "tetelestai" was written on business documents to indicate that a bill had been “paid in full.” And that’s exactly what Jesus did on the cross for us. He set us free from the penalty we were under because of our sin.

"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. 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." (Colossians 2:13‭-‬14)

So go live your life today in light of the awesome reality that your sin debt has been “paid in full”! Be joyful, be generous, be exuberant as you walk through your day.


Mike and Daphne

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