A note from Pastor Arnold

August 19th, 2020

Heart to Heart:

“When Jesus had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head & gave up His Spirit.”
John 19:30

On one very occasion, my family & I had a meal together at a restaurant. Across the room was a dear friend & church member. After exchanging greetings, both families proceeded to enjoy their meals. Our friend finished first & we exchanged ‘goodbyes’. When we finished we asked the waitress for the check.
To our surprise, she told us our friend had paid for our family’s meal. There was nothing for us to do. Our bill had been paid in full.
What does this have to do with John 19:30?

Bible scholars tell us that the word, translated “It is finished”, could be translated as “paid in full”. Jesus death on the cross paid our sin debt in full. See Colossians 2:13-14.
We could have chased our friend down & insisted we pay him back for the meal, but he would not accept. It was a gift.
Jesus death on the cross for our sins is complete, there is no balance. What is left is for us to receive God’s gift by faith & enter into a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.