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April 8, 2019, 12:15 PM

April 10, 2019


“When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished”. With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” John 19:30

 

It is finished! Those three words really say it all. Have you ever been involved in a project and finally got to the place of being finished? God’s plan was being carried out from the time of Adam and Eve through the time of Jesus and beyond. When Jesus uttered the words “It is finished”, He was saying that God’s redemptive work for mankind was accomplished. God’s plan had been carried out exactly as He desired. Jesus had fully and completely accomplished the work of atonement for the sin of man. Now, by the sacrifice of Jesus, man could once again have the opportunity for a relationship with God.

 

We have come to the point in our culture of taking the Easter season far too lightly. On the other hand, we sometimes look at Easter and Christmas as the only times we can be close to Jesus. However, do we stop to realize the enormous price paid so that we can live in daily fellowship with God? Do we realize the magnitude of what Jesus did on the cross? Do we understand the love God demonstrated for us in seeing His Son die upon the cross? Do we recognize the power of God in the resurrection? The world system does everything possible to take our eyes and thoughts away from the reality of Easter. It’s easy to be drawn away by the Easter bunny and egg hunts when our focus should be on the cross and the empty tomb. As Jesus arose the third day He conquered Satan, sin, death and the grave. The good news is: When Jesus is our Savior, we are conquerors too! Paul says, “we are more than conquers through Him who loved us”.

 

This is an absolutely wonderful time of the year. Enjoy the season but be reminded often of God’s love for us and the price that was paid so that we can live in daily fellowship with Him and look forward to eternal life. “It is finished” means that Jesus fulfilled all the requirements of a holy and righteous God. It is only in Jesus that we have relationship with the Father and that means we are totally and forever safe with Him. Have a wonderful and blessed week as we give thanks to God for His love, mercy and grace!

                                                                                                                    We love you,

                                                                                                                    Brad and Virginia


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