Lutheran Home Association Blog

It Is Finished!

Posted on Fri, Apr 19, 2019

Have you ever enjoyed the experience of getting a car loan or mortgage paid off?  Maybe you have worked really hard to rid yourself of credit card debt and got it all paid off.  It is rather satisfying to receive a letter or note in the mail which tells you that your debt has been paid in full.

clouds-cross-dawn-635699That idea of paid in full is one of the things which Jesus spoke from the cross on that first Good Friday.  Jesus didn’t tell us that our car loan was paid off or that our mortgage was paid in full.  He didn’t take care of the seeming mountain of credit card debt which we had racked up, rather he took care of a debt which is bigger and more difficult than any of those – our debt to God of our sins.

Near the end of the time that he hung on a cross, Jesus cried out a phrase which has been translated with three English words, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  The phrase is the same one which businessmen at the time would write across a person’s bill when they had paid it off – much like our “paid in full."

Jesus’ second last word from the cross is much more significant than a credit card bill, car loan or mortgage paid off. It means the largest and insurmountable debt we have – the debt we owe God for our sin has been settled. Settled, paid in full, not because of anything we have done, but fully and freely paid by Jesus’ innocent death on the cross.

One of the most troubling doubts many people have is the anguish of past sins and wondering if they are forgiven.  There is a reason today is called “Good Friday” - because of everything that Jesus has done, we are good with God.  As much as the devil and our conscience may try to trouble or accuse us, let those words “It is finished” echo in your ears.  Jesus has done it all, nothing more can or must be done.

Please use today to thoughtfully ponder what Jesus has done for you and why today is truly “Good” Friday.

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

Tags: Christian Life