DVO April 14, 2019

Title: “It Is Finished!”

Scripture: (John 19:30 NKJ) So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” and bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

The day when Jesus was crucified on a cross was by far the most unusual day in Biblical History. Many events happened that will never in our time or the time to come be repeated. As I examined scripture particularly the old testament, much of this, God-man Jesus was spoken of by the Prophets of old. It is so amazing how the almighty God orchestrated such elaborate events, and at the same time pointed us to His Son Jesus.
For Jesus shouted , “it is finished!” Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit ((John 20:30). As His piercing voice rang out with a thundering shout, the veil of the Temple was rent into two pieces, and the wall of petition was taken down. Even natural forces acknowledged His greatness, because the sun was darkened, and the earth quaked, the ground beneath the soldiers’ feet as well as mountains shook, thunder roared across the whole universe as He shouted with great strength. Jesus’ last words on the cross had profound spiritual meanings and implications. His very last words “It is finished!” denoted a work that could only be completed by Jesus Himself. Scripture supports the fact that Jesus came to do the ‘will’ of His father (Heb. 10:9), (Matt. 20:28). We the people are made in God’s image, yet, separated from Him by our sins. This was a real serious problem for man. Something had to be done to affect change. Man, in his sin state, was unable to rid himself of his own sin. Jesus, God the Son, would be the only One who could bridge the gulf between God and man, bringing man back to God. Jesus was sinless, sent by God to be a ransom for many.

“It is finished “ has significance as it denoted:
1. An end to the hurt and pain of His enemies. Finished!
2. Jesus completed all suffering for sin that had been ordained by the Father for Him (Acts 2:23). Finished1
3. The fulfilling of all the old testament prophesies about His life and suffering (Ps. 69:21), (Luke 24:25-26). Finished!
4. The ending of ceremonial law, feast days, sacrifices, washing and purification ceremonials, daily rituals, clean and unclean foods. Finished!
5. The wages of sin has been paid in full, for all on the cross. The proof is the resurrection. Only Christ’s sacrificial death would God would accept as payment. The payment is still good for everyone born. Finished!
Prayer: Hallelujah Lord God, for Your magnificent plan of redeeming Your children back to You. It cost Jesus everything as He carried out Your plan in detail and with complete obedience. For You being God, knew just what sinners needed most. God the Son completed Your redemptive plan. He finished the work on the cross and is now seated at the right hand of You Father, making intercession for us. His name is Jesus. In His name, Amen.

(by Novella D Carpenter)


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