There comes a time when we realize that we’ve messed up and it is followed by the belief that we are not worthy of God’s forgiveness. Satan is the father of that belief or lie because he doesn’t want us to know the truth…that there is nothing that can separate those who believe in Jesus from His love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
In Lee Strobel’s book, The Case For Grace, he shares the story of a man had really messed up this life with drugs. At his lowest moment he had an encounter with God and became a Christian. He eventually became a pastor, but one day out of frustration and exhaustion, he said, “God, I’m not good enough. I wasn’t really a church guy before anyway. I’m a former addict, for goodness’ sake. I can’t do this Christian thing. I quit!” He really didn’t understand grace. He bought the lie that things couldn’t ever be better because he had messed up too much. No matter how hard he worked, he would never be worthy of God’s forgiveness. Lee Strobel continues to quote this drug addict turned pastor…
“One day I was reading 1 John 4:10, which says, ‘This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.’ That’s when it registered for me: It’s all about God. How I feel about God isn’t as important as how God feels about me. It doesn’t matter how good I try to be; what’s important is how good God is. He never demanded that I become a super Christian in the first place; all he asked was that I love him in return. That was transformative for me. It all comes back to grace. That’s right. All we needed when we first came to Jesus was his grace, and grace is all we need to grow in Christ. Grace liberates us. Our tendency toward performance imprisons us.”
So, no matter what you’ve done to mess up, there is nothing that can separate you from Christ’s love. Jesus did the work of taking ALL OF OUR SIN upon himself on the cross. When Jesus had completed his work on the cross he said, “Tetelestai” which when translated means “It is finished.” To close I would like to share what Bible.org says about the word ‘tetelestai’ because I think it changes the way we may think about those words that came from our Savior’s mouth. Read this and meditate on what really happened the day Jesus died.
“Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. In 19:28 it is translated, “After this, when Jesus knew that all things were now completed, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, he said, ‘I thirst.’” Two verses later, he utters the word himself: “Then when he received the sour wine Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:
“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.”