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It is Finished

JESUS SPEAKING

       After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst.” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to his mouth. So, when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished!” And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit (John 19: 28-30.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

       Jesus had come to the end of his suffering on the cross. He was betrayed, arrested, abandoned, beaten, humiliated, falsely accused, interrogated, publicly ridiculed and teased, spit on, and pierced by thorns; he was maimed by a whip about the neck, back and legs (the whip contained sharp shards which tore open his flesh;) a bag was placed over his head and he was struck in the face; Jesus carried a cross through mobs of people who hurled insults at him. Spikes were driven through his hands and feet. Despite the long list of pains, he endured, thirst was one of the greatest agonies of the cross. The condemned were denied water. Dehydrated and nearing death, Jesus said, “I thirst.” The soldiers responded by raising a vinegar-soaked sponge to his lips (vinegar is an extremely bitter tasting liquid—even the Romans mercy seemed cruel.) In his last moments, Jesus tasted the bitterness of man’s sin. He then said, “it is finished,” and he died. In a single day he had finished his greatest work; the salvation of mankind. He took the penalty of man’s sin upon himself. He suffered God’s wrath, so that those who would believe in him could avoid destruction.
       The following is a fictitious story which illustrates the work of Jesus on the cross: A girl and her mother lived next to a snake farm in India. From the time of her youth, the girl was told not to wander near the snake pits. One evening the girl began to argue with her mother; frustrated and filled with anger, she struck her mother; in shock the girl ran from her home; because it was evening she didn’t realize she was running toward the snake farm. Suddenly she plummeted into one of the pits. Seeing a single cobra staring her in the face, she screamed. Hearing the scream, her mother came running and looked down into the pit and saw her daughter’s distress. The woman jumped into the pit and lunged toward the cobra to save her daughter. The mother was bitten. The young girl reached forward to pull her mother away from danger, and the cobra also bit her. The owners of the snake farm heard the commotion and came running. They pulled the women from the pit and rushed them to the hospital. The mother went into cardiac arrest, but the young girl showed no symptoms. After a half an hour, the girl’s mother was pronounced dead. The girl began to sob uncontrollably. The Doctor approached her with a somber look on his face. The girl asked him, “How could this have happened? I’m completely fine; we were bitten by the same snake; why is it I am healthy, and my mother is dead?” The Doctor compassionately replied, “Well, your mother was bitten first; and the snake used all of its venom on her. When it bit you, it had nothing left to inject. Your mother saved your life.”
       Similarly, Jesus Christ has placed himself between God’s wrath and those who deserve to experience it. He has taken the full penalty for sin upon himself; he has paid the price; he has suffered death, so others may live. As Jesus endured agony, he thought of you, and he thought of me; he thought of us. Have you accepted his sacrifice? Have you allowed him to take your place? Give Jesus Christ the opportunity to heal your spirit and to wash your sins away. If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, you can do that today. Contact me, or your local pastor, or even another Christian, and ask about how you can partake in Christ’s offering and receive eternal life.
       “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You, and we praise Your son for his suffering. We thank You for allowing Him to take our place on the cross. Thank You Jesus, for enduring God’s wrath so our sins can be forgiven. Father, be our God; be our salvation; be the center of our lives; fill us with Your Holy Spirit, and help us to sacrifice our lives for others. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.” God bless all of you.

A Finished Work

JESUS SPEAKING

                 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst.”  Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to his mouth.  So when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished!”  And bowing his head, he gave up his spirit (John 19: 28-30.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

                Jesus had come to the end of his suffering on the cross.  He was betrayed, arrested, abandoned, beaten, humiliated, falsely accused, interrogated, publicly ridiculed and teased, spit on, and pierced by thorns; he was maimed by a whip about the neck, back and legs (the whip contained sharp shards which tore open his flesh;) a bag was placed over his head and he was struck in the face; Jesus carried a cross through mobs of people who hurled insults at him.  Spikes were driven through his hands and feet.  Despite the long list of pains he endured, thirst was one of the greatest agonies of the cross.  The condemned were denied water; Jesus had lost huge amounts of blood and was exposed to the heat of the day; his body desperately sought water to repair itself.  Near death, he said, “I thirst.”  The soldiers responded to his thirst by raising a vinegar soaked sponge to his lips (vinegar is an extremely bitter tasting liquid—even the Romans mercy seemed cruel.)  In his last moments, Jesus tasted the bitterness of man’s sin.  He then said, “it is finished,” and he died.  In a single day he had finished his greatest work; the salvation of mankind.  He took the penalty of man’s sin upon himself.  He suffered God’s wrath, so that those who would believe in him could avoid destruction. 

                The following is a fictitious story which illustrates the work of Jesus on the cross:  A girl and her mother lived next to a snake farm in India.  From the time of her youth, the girl was told not to wander near the snake pits.  One evening the girl began to argue with her mother; frustrated and filled with anger, she struck her mother; in shock the girl ran from her home; because it was evening she didn’t realize she was running toward the snake farm.  Suddenly she plummeted into one of the pits.  Seeing a single cobra staring her in the face, she screamed.  Hearing the scream, her mother came running and looked down into the pit and saw her daughter’s distress.  The woman jumped into the pit, and lunged toward the cobra to save her daughter.  The mother was bitten.  The young girl reached forward to pull her mother away from danger, and the cobra also bit her.  The owners of the snake farm heard the commotion and came running.  They pulled the women from the pit and rushed them to the hospital.  The mother went in to cardiac arrest, but the young girl showed no symptoms.  After a half an hour, the girl’s mother was pronounced dead.  The girl began to sob uncontrollably.  The Doctor approached her with a somber look on his face.  The girl asked him, “How could this have happened?  I’m completely fine; we were bitten by the same snake; why is it I am healthy and my mother is dead?”  The Doctor compassionately replied, “Well, your mother was bitten first; and the snake used all of its venom on her.  When it bit you, it had nothing left to inject.  Your mother saved your life.”

                Similarly, Jesus Christ has placed himself between God’s wrath and those who deserve to experience it.  He has taken the full penalty for sin upon himself; he has paid the price; he has suffered death so others may live.  As Jesus endured suffering he thought of you, and he thought of me.  He thought of us.  Have you accepted his sacrifice?  Have you allowed him to take your place?  Give Jesus Christ the opportunity to heal your spirit and to wash your sins away.  If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, you can do that today.  Contact me and we can talk about how you can partake in Christ’s offering and know the true peace of God within your heart.

                “Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and thank Your Son for his suffering.  We thank You for allowing him to take our place on the cross.  Thank You Jesus, for enduring God’s wrath so we can escape His punishment and be forgiven for our sins.  Father, be our God; be our salvation; be the center of our lives; fill us up with Your Spirit, and help us to sacrifice our lives for others (as You have done for us.)  We love You, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.”  God bless all of you.

Finishing

JESUS SPEAKING

                “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.  For which of you, intending to build a tower, doesn’t sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build but was not able to finish?’” (Luke 14: 27 – 30.)

INSPIRED THOUGHTS        

                Following Jesus Christ isn’t easy; it requires great sacrifice and tremendous discipline.  Uncomfortable changes are required.  Every believer is called to abandon sin and embrace a life of selflessness and service.  Those considering the Christian life must “sit down first and count the cost.”  They must forsake drunkenness, fornication, pornography and adultery; lewdness and idolatry must be discarded as well.  Gossip, foul language, dirty humor, and selfishness are sacrificed in favor of purity, love, mercy, truth, and selflessness.  Many, who commit to following the Lord, are unable to finish their journey; unfortunately they abandon God’s call and return to their old lives.

                The longest Bridge in the world is the Danyang—Kunshan Grand Bridge in mainland China.  The bridge took four years to build and cost 8.5 billion dollars.  As it snakes over rice patties, lowlands, and rivers, it measures a whopping 102 miles in length.  Bridges are amazing feats of engineering; some are large, some are small, but all of them serve one common purpose; they connect two portions of land divided by an obstacle.  Although these structures are quite useful, an unfinished bridge is of no value whatsoever.  Ninety percent of a bridge is as useful as ten percent of a bridge; in order to be valuable, it must be complete.  Much like a bridge, the life of the believer is useless unless it is completed (Before dying on the cross Jesus Christ uttered the words, “It is finished.”)  Throughout the centuries there have been many genuine disciples; individuals who (like Jesus), died knowing that they had kept the faith until the very end.  Sadly, many more have been unable to complete the journey.

                In proverbs Chapter 20, verse 25, we read, “It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, and afterward to reconsider his vows.”  If you have never made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ, then you must not do so rashly.  First you must consider fully what God is asking from you.  He is asking you to lay down your sins and embrace a life of purity; you must devote your entire existence to serving and loving others.  For those who commit themselves to transformation (rebirth), the road is not easy.  There are no points for half-way.  Once the journey has begun it must be finished.  Only then will we enter God’s eternal kingdom; only then will we know unending peace.

                “Lord Heavenly Father, we have begun our journey with You.  We have laid down our worldly ways and have embraced purity and love.  May we continue moving forward and may we never falter.  Fill us with Your Holy Spirit; empower us to complete what we have started, that we might one day enter Your kingdom.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.


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