Theme: Tetelestai: Our Bills have been Cancelled, No More Worries!

Isa. 52:13-53:12

Ps. 31:2 and 6.12-13. 15-16.17 and 25 (R. Lk. 23:46b)

Heb. 4:14-16; 5:7-9.

Jn. 18:1-19:42

Can you imagine the whole world shut down completely by the press of a button? This was exactly what happened on that faithful black Friday that the Saviour of the world died on the cross. The captors thought they have completely sealed the mouth of the eloquent preacher of a Saviour. Yet his death paid every bit and pieces of the bills that our sins accumulated. No wonder he shouted on the cross tetelestai literally translated to mean “It is finished.” (Jn. 19:28, 30). He has paid the bills of our sinfulness in full.

How do you feel if a heavy debt of money lies with you on your bed? Debts make us worry ourselves and sometimes people have sleepless nights. God Himself has come down to die for our sins. Christians all over the world must be ready to stand under the cross today and even always to adore the Lord who was “despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” It is because of my sins and your sins that God who is just and benevolent came down to rescue us. Good Friday should not be a moody Friday for Christians but a musing Friday for all Christians that a just God and man suffered on our behalf.

The High Priest of our salvation offered Himself on the cross for our redemption. Through his suffering, he made perfect our ‘sinful bill’ so that we can obtain eternal salvation. The cross which was a symbol of shame has now become a symbol of victory and our faith. St. Paul says “The message of the cross remains nonsense for those who are lost. Yet for us who are saved, it is the power of God, as Scripture says: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and make fail the foresight of the foresighted.” (1 Cor. 1:18-19) The celebration of the Lord’s Passion consists of the three parts, namely, the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion.

Let us venerate the cross today and always because it is the symbol which shows the triumph of the Saviour. Christ’s death for our sins is for us to know that God loves us and that He will go to great length to save us. The cross reminds the Christian of the reality of sin and its implicative nature. As He died on the cross, let us know that our bills of sin have been cancelled.

Lord Jesus, may your cross make me draw closer to you so that l can resolve never to offend you again. Through the passion of your cross, may we be counted not as debtors of sin again but as dwellers in your Father’s house. Amen.

By Michael Selasi Combey