Does Jesus need your help?
On the cross he was beaten and bloody. A victim of injustice. Did he need your help on that dark Friday? Did he cry out to his disciples or the angels to lend him a hand or call forth Moses or John the Baptist from the dead?
No. Jesus didn’t need your help to pay for sins then. And he doesn’t need your help today.
“It is finished” (John 19:30), he cried from the cross. He spoke a word that in Greek is tetelestai. It was a word used by painters when they had finally completed a work of art. A word used by merchants when someone paid a debt in full.
Done. Accomplished. Nothing more.
Do you ever feel like Jesus did a lot of good but there’s just a little you need to contribute in order to get God’s approval? Tetelestai says that’s a lie. Don’t believe it.
God promises that your forgiveness is a free gift. And it was completed at the cross. Tetelestai.
Jesus, you need nothing from me, but you want me and want everything in me. You forgive me without needing anything from me. You saved me without my help. You sacrificed yourself for me. Your love for me makes me love you too, Lord. I want to serve you. Amen.