Paid in Full

Is God trying to get our attention?  The word stamped on that legal document of a Roman prisoner who has served his sentence, is the same word Jesus cried out on the cross; “it is finished” it is also the same word that for 1500 years every year at 3 pm on the day of Passover (the same time Jesus cried out on the cross and gave up His Spirit) the High Priest would take the life of the Passover Lamb declaring the same word “it is finished.”

People were thrown in jail for all kinds of reasons in the 1st Century Roman Empire.  If a prisoner was imprisoned because they were unable to pay their debts, a record was kept near their cell of all the debts owed and as those debts were paid they would be marked off until the prisoner could go free.

If the prisoner was given a jail term, let’s say for five years, that would also be recorded, with the idea that the prisoner owed the state five years, and as the years were completed that would be recorded on the record and the debt owed would be reduced.

When finally a prisoner had served the full sentence his document with the record of his sentence was marked ‘Paid in Full’ and of course he kept that document safe so that if ever he was accused again of the crime he’d been punished for he could show the paper that proved that the debt he owed had been paid.

In the interesting way things dove tail together, something that I think demonstrates to us that God is really trying to show us that His hand is guiding everything with regards to our salvation. Because the word stamped on that legal document is the same word

It is finished 2cJesus cried out on the cross; “it is finished” it is also the same word that for 1500 years every year at 3 pm on the day of Passover (the same time Jesus cried out on the cross and gave up His Spirit) the High Priest would take the life of the Passover Lamb declaring the same word “it is finished.”

So I ask you, do you think this is a great co-incidence or is God trying to get our attention?

Each of us because of sin have broken fellowship with God. Our Relationship with Him has been severed because of our wilful or accidental moral disobedience.  In the Garden of Eden it was very clear of the results of sin.  Before Adam & Eve sinned God would walk and talk in relationship in the garden with Adam, how amazing would that have been. I don’t think we can even begin to understand the conversations they would have had and the relationship they would have shared.

But when Adam sinned he immediately felt the shame that demonstrated the damage done to that relationship.  And when God made a way to cover that shame temporarily in the Garden, by taking the skins of animals demonstrating that innocent blood had to be shed to cover the sin.

When Jesus died on Calvary’s cross he paid the debt for sin, yours and mine if we have faith in him.  It isn’t that we haven’t sinned, of course we have, the Bible makes it clear that everyone has  (Romans 3:23, 6:23)!  We have all sinned but the debt has been ‘paid in full.’  The free gift of eternal life is given through faith in the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Have you accepted Jesus as your saviour? Will you let Him pay the price for your sin?  If you haven’t then will you let today be the day of your salvation.  Believe in Jesus, ask Him to forgive your sins. Walk in relationship and obedience with Him. It isn’t that you will be perfect, salvation is also a process, and hopefully the longer we walk with Jesus the more like Him we become but while we walk with Him our debt is paid.

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