Friday, April 22, 2011

What HE Said - Part 4

"It is finished."

John 19:30

With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (Jn. 19:30)
Jesus had been betrayed, handed over to the Gentiles, mocked, insulted, spit on, flogged, and hung on a cross.
He suffered.
He bled.
And finally, He died.

But as I reflect on what HE said, I don't believe Jesus' words were about His suffering being finished. Though it is true - His suffering was finally over - I believe the it to which Jesus was referring was His mission.
The reason Jesus came to earth was to pay the price for our sin, that we might be reconciled in our relationship with God.
Our sin deserved death.
But because of God's great love for us - because of His desire that we be in a relationship with Him - He didn't want us to have to pay the price for our sin. God didn't want us to be eternally separated from Himself.
So He sent Jesus to take our place.
Jesus suffered and died, so we wouldn't have to.
Jesus suffered and died, so we could be forgiven and restored to a right relationship with God the Father.

When Jesus suffered and died, He paid the price for our sin. That was His mission.
And now? It is finished.
There is nothing more for us to do - only believe in Jesus, and receive the salvation He offers.

If you have never prayed and asked God to forgive you through the blood of Jesus, if you have never confessed your need for a Savior and asked Jesus to come into your life as that Savior, I want to invite you to do that today. Simply tell Him that you know you are a sinner in need of a Savior. Tell Him you know He is that Savior - that there is no other. And ask God to forgive you through the blood Jesus shed on the cross. For you. Invite Him into your life and receive with joy the gift of eternal life He longs to give you.

On the third day he will rise again.

Luke 18:33

Happy Easter, everyone.

Thank You, Jesus!!!



Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Praise God! It is finished! Happy Resurrection Day, my friend. May the wonder of this event never cease to amaze us.

Anonymous said...

So enjoyed your posts this week!

"Sweet Blessings" to you and your family :O}

Happy Easter...

Much Love,
Debby Ann

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - Yes! May the wonder never cease to amaze us. I don't want to forget the awesomeness of what He has done.

Debby Ann - I'm glad you enjoyed the posts. I pray God will use them for His glory and the expansion of His Kingdom!