Thinkin’ about John 19:30, if this moment in history were a movie set, you would find Jesus not only as the main character in the leading role, but you would also find him seated in the Director’s chair. He is the god-man, 100/100, fully God – fully man. He calls the shots every step of the way, from the cradle to the cross he is in absolute control, and when he said, “It is finished”, it was finished – there was nothing left to be done. The creator of the universe had stepped down into the arena of humankind, walked over to my table, picked up the check for my sin, paying in full my debt, tip included.
The words “it is finished” translates the “Greek “telesthai” (the perfect tense of “teleo”). It means “to complete, finish”, expressing completed action with continuing results”, Keathley writes. What that means is two-fold. First, it is a statement to the world of a once and for all-time payment made for sin, good to the end of the world; and to me (and all other who have decided to follow Jesus) it is to say this: I have been delivered from both the penalty and power of sin, we are no longer slaves. As far as the east is from the west, in Christ, my sins are removed (Psalm 103:12), cast into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19), he remembers them no more (Isaiah 43:25). My life is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) and I can now come personally and boldly (at any time) to the throne of our gracious God (without sweating it). There to receive his mercy, and grace to help when I need it most (Hebrews 4:16). Personally, I need it every day, and every day I live in humble gratitude because
“My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace.”
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“Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” lyrics by Chris Tomlin