It is finished. (John 19:30)
The most uplifting words ever. Sounds simple, but they are loaded. Many people, including me, believed that we had to earn our way to heaven. We try so hard to be righteous or worthy, but always fall short.
Sometimes we compare ourselves with others—“I’m not as bad as her,” or “I could never be as holy as him.” But all our virtuousness, good works, or lack thereof, will not determine our eternity. It is simply a gift of grace so that no one can boast since no one is deserving.
We can rest assured though because the fine (penalty, ransom, reparation, restitution) has been paid. Romans 10:9 affirms, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
As a wise, old bible scholar often repeats, “salvation equals faith plus nothing.”
“…when He had by Himself purged our sins, He sat down…” He had finished His work. It is complete. Fulfilled. Finished. And that’s the Good News.