Manna in the Morning, It Is Finished

July 9, 2009

Manna in the Morning

03-21-08

John 19:30, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”      

            All of us has finally put down our tools, cleaned up after a challenging job and said something to the effect, “I’m glad that’s finished!”  From before the beginning, Jesus, God the Son, planned and prepared for the time he would come to this earth, give His life or the redemption of all who would believe in His sacrifice.  When He walked and taught upon the earth He was one-hundred percent God!  He is God, present before the beginning, active in creation, the self-existent one, never ever less than God.  He was also, at the same time, one-hundred percent man.  Born into the human race in the same manner as all men, except He did not have a human father being born of a virgin and throughout His entire life never more than a man. 

            This illogicality cannot be explained, only accepted by faith.  Our salvation depends upon a perfect sacrifice, the blood of animals cannot obliterate our sin debt.  Jesus our Redeemer lived a perfectly sinless life in his humanity, not in the strength of Deity.  He then was the perfect Sacrifice, his righteousness is imputed to us because death that was not required of Him so that our sins, condemning us to eternal death and damnation, could be forgiven upon our request while the perfect justice of our God is satisfied with His death, we are then seen by the Father as wrapped in the spotless righteousness of Jesus.  Because Jesus possessed a human spirit, when he spoke on the cross and commended that spirit into the care of the Father, the plan of salvation for all men was complete. 

      His shout of “It is finished!” was not sighed in resignation or signaling the end of a long and arduous journey, it is a declaration of victory; a shout of completion, of a mission accomplished in victory and an affirmation of triumph over sin and death.  Although He gave his earthly life willingly, He knew His resurrection was only three days away. 

            It is good to recognize the death of our Savior, but anticipate with great joy the glory of the resurrection that we commemorate each Sunday, the First Day of the Week.  The perfect Passover Lamb, the Lamb of God, the Promised One, the Anointed Messiah has accomplished all that he set out to do!  It isd Finished.

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