IT IS FINISHED

13th December 2012 by Bill Davis
Christmas is such a special time of the year. Was it actually the date of Jesus’ birth? It doesn’t matter. What matters is that Christians celebrate Christmas and remember the greatest gift of all. The gift from God of His son is manifest in the gift of His Son at Easter. Could God have just sent Jesus as a grown man instead of a baby to die for our sins? Certainly He could. But God chose to send His only Son to suffer and die for us.
1 John 4:9 New International Version (NIV); “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Soninto the world that we might live through Him.”
Christmas is a time to be with Family and Friends. A time to enjoy songs, parties and fellowship with others. When Jesus Christ was hanging on the Cross with His blood and life draining from His body; He knew what it was like to be alone. He knew what is was like to be hated. He knew what it was like to be actually racked with pain. We must remember, Jesus’ pain was not merely the physical pain but the emotional pain of rejection, the pain associated with taking on the guilt and sin of the world; the pain of God’s judgment. If Jesus’ torture and persecution was a measure of the pain He was willing to suffer; then the Cross is certainly a measure of the love Jesus had for us. How do you respond to that love? Do you treat it as a cheap gift?
When Jesus said: John 19:30; “It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”
Jesus did not mean, His life was over, He was beaten or God’s plan had failed. Even in His weakened state, Jesus knew that the rule of sin was over. The absolute power of sin to death and death to life was over. He had conquered sin and would soon prove His conquering of death through resurrection. So true are the words: “He is King of kings, He is Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, the first and last, no one works like Him.”
Bill Davis    <“)))><

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