FRIDAY March 30, 2018
It Is Finished!
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
All of the Gospels tell us of the crucifixion and death of Christ, but I really love what the Apostle John wrote. I think he really understood who Christ was and what He was sent to accomplish in His life. In the midst of all that was happening, John’s Gospel records Jesus’ final words just before He gave up His spirit and died “It is finished!”
What was finished? Jesus had done what the Father had called Him to do. He came to earth, gave the message of hope and salvation to the people, and then gave His life to save the souls of sinners—men and women like you and me––who were heading towards hell.
It is important to understand, before Christ’s death on the cross everyone who died went into hell. No one went to heaven. All the prophets and godly men and women in the Old Testament were in Abraham’s Bosom—a compartment in hell. They were not tormented, but they were not in heaven (Luke 16).
When Christ died on the Cross, it was the beginning of the end for death. Isaiah the prophet wrote about Jesus when he said: He will swallow up death forever… (Isaiah 25:8). Hosea 13:14 says: “I [God] will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death…” Jesus on the cross said, “It is finished,” because He had done what God had promised in the Old Testament. He had gone to the Cross to defeat death and the grave.
In the Cross, sin is cursed and cancelled. In the Cross, grace is victorious and available.
~G. Campbell Morgan~
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