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“It is Finished!”

Scripture reading for May 2nd:  John 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  John 19:28-30  “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.  When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”  With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” 

Jesus had been on the cross for about six hours, the last three in darkness that had come over the land.  His body was dehydrated but He was fully conscious and knew that His work was done.  He knew that nearly everything in Scripture had been fulfilled concerning His life and sacrificial death.  The one thing remaining was the wine vinegar! (Psalm 69:21)  He cried out that He was thirsty, and the drink was provided.  One last bitter drink, and the cup of suffering for our sins was complete!  Jesus last words, “It is finished!”, were a cry of victory in completing the suffering and death necessary for salvation!

Observations for over-comers:  Because Jesus fulfilled Scripture and completed the work of salvation, over-comers can rest in that work and live a life of thankful service and look forward to the King’s return in power and glory!  “Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!  The Lord’s Right Hand is lifted high; the Lord’s Right Hand has done mighty things!” “I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”  (Psalm 118:15-17) (Psalm that was likely sung as they left the upper room for the Garden of Gethsemane.)

 

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“It is Finished!”

Scripture reading for May 1st:  John 19

After being severely flogged and crowned by the soldiers with a crown of thorns, Jesus was made to carry His cross until He could no longer.  He was mocked as the “King of the Jews”!  Jesus was crucified on Passover morning at 9:00, just as the Passover lambs were being sacrificed.  He was the One John the Baptist had identified prophetically as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)

Over His cross, Pilate had the soldiers fasten this notice: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”  (John 19:19)  The religious leaders pleaded with Pilate to remove the notice, but he refused!  Around the cross, the soldiers gambled for His garments that had been removed.  This fulfilled Scripture written about a thousand years earlier by King David.  (Psalm 22:18)

Also near the cross was His mother Mary and the two other Mary’s.  “When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved (John) standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”  From that time on this disciple took her into his home.”  (John 19:25-27)  Even in agony and near death, Jesus was thoughtful of others and showed His love!

“Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.  When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished!”  With that He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”  (John 19:28-30)  Jesus’ last cry was a shout of triumph!  Everything necessary for the salvation of mankind was complete!

 

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Jesus’ last words!

Scripture reading for May 31st: John 19:23-42

It is said that a man’s last words as he leaves this world have meaning.  They reveal something about the heart of the person and leave something for those left to remember him by.  Jesus, as He hung on the cross, spoke some last words that have been contemplated by those who followed Him.

Around the cross, soldiers gambled for His seamless robe.  They cast lots to see who would get this robe.  It would be a little extra payment for their gruesome job.  This fulfilled Scripture written by David in Psalm 22:18.  Over the cross was a sign written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek, “The King of the Jews”.  This was written by Pilate–a designation He refused to change even when requested by the Jews.  This was the setting as Jesus suffered.

“Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From this time on, this disciple took her into his house.” “ (John 19:25-27)  Jesus, in His agony, took note of His mother.  He placed her in the care of His beloved disciple.  This was John, who wrote this account!  We have an eye-witness account that is not recorded any where else.  What love and compassion we behold in Christ!

“Later, knowing that  all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it and put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.  When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (John 19:28-30)  John records these last words of Jesus.

Psalm 69:21 state that they would give vinegar for the thirst.  This prophesy was fulfilled here.  I believe that Jesus was also thirsty for His Father’s house!  (Psalm 42:2)  His work was done, fulfilling all Scripture and now He wanted the glory of heaven and fellowship with the Father!  “It is finished” simple states “Paid in full”!  He then yielded His spirit to God!

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