LHM Lenten Devotion – April 9, 2014 “Paid in Full”


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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Paid in Full”

April 9, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Romans 3: 21-26TEXT: When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished” (see John 19:30).

Jesus knew within Himself that everything was completed. But for those who stood at the cross and looked at Him, there was no evidence anything had changed. There was no way to tell that God the Father had accepted Jesus’ sacrifice, no way to know this dying Man crowned with thorns was Israel’s triumphant King, or that Satan lie crushed and hell’s iron doors had been torn wide open.

Jesus wanted the world and all of us to know His mission was complete, and that we are safe from Satan’s schemes and hell’s grim thrall. So He drank the sour wine, and proclaimed in a loud voice, “It is finished!”

Anyone living at that time who heard Jesus’ word would recognize it immediately. It was stamped on a loan when the last payment had been made. We would translate it, “Paid in full.” Jesus was announcing He had completely paid every last penny of the debt we owe to God for our sin. There is nothing we can do, nothing we have to do to turn God’s anger away. There is no purgatory, no place of suffering to make up for our sins. There is no reason for doubts and no room for questions. Jesus has completely satisfied God’s demands, which we could never satisfy.

Our Savior spoke this sixth word so we would be certain our sins are forgiven. He repeats this assurance in His Word in our worship services. It is also present in the water of Baptism that washes our sins away by the power of God’s Word. Likewise, it is in His body and blood given in, with, and under the bread and wine of Holy Communion.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, make us sure and confident that You have completed our salvation, and there is nothing we can do or need to do. Amen.

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