“Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30
“It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.” C.S. Lewis
- Let’s discuss The Crucifixion. Find a quiet place to spend some time with our loving Savior.
- Join me in reading the Lord’s Word. Open your Bible to John 19:17-30. Pay close attention to verses 28-30. Let God speak to you through his Word.
It is Finished
Have you ever sat and pondered the day Jesus died, His crucifixion? Have you imagined the crowd of people, the sounds, or even what the sky looked like that day? I have sat and thought about that day often during my quiet time. It is overwhelming to think about the amount of love Jesus has for us.
Jesus demonstrates three character qualities I would like for us to study today. Join me as we look at the obedience, kindness, and forgiveness of Jesus during his final hours.
Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him on that cross. He still lovingly followed His Father’s plan and did it without question. Matthew 26:39 tells us that in the garden Jesus prayed to His Father and asked that this cup removed from him.
“He went on a little farther and bowed with His face to the ground praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet, I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Jesus understood that He must continue on the path laid out for Him. He obeys, knowing that it will cost Him His life. I cannot imagine how He must have felt and what emotions cascaded over Him.
Do you practice obedience in all aspects of your life? If not, pray and ask God to help you. He remains faithful to help!
Jesus practices kindness.
Jesus shows compassion to one of the men hanging next to Him during His crucifixion. Luke 23:42-43 tells us, “Then He said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'”And Jesus replies, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Jesus, in the most horrible circumstances, takes compassion on the thief hanging next to Him. Jesus prays with Him and for Him.
Do you practice kindness to those around you – especially those who wallow in the same situation you find yourself? Pray for the people in your world to know the love of Jesus.
Luke 23:34 states, “And Jesus said, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And parting his garments among them, they cast lots.” Wow. Jesus could have chosen to dwell on so many different emotions, but He chose forgiveness. This is one of the last thoughts the Bible records for Jesus.
Does your daily walk allow for forgiveness? If you struggle with forgiveness, pray right now for God to help you to release any unforgiveness you have in your life.
Jesus died so that we may live. He did this freely. Think about it: Jesus would have followed God’s plan and died on the cross even if you are the only living person on the earth. His love for you remains constant and overwhelming.
Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Jesus took upon His shoulders the burden of all the sin in the world. God had to turn His back on Jesus because God and sin cannot coexist. Jesus calls out, “My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34).
Death remains the penalty for sin. Spiritual death leads to the separation of the spirit from God. Jesus died as our substitute. He experienced the agony of separation from His Father. For the first time, He was alone.
But because of His death on the cross, taking on our sins, we never have to remain spiritually alone, separated from God. Jesus loves you so much that He gave his life for you. Because of the death of Jesus, it is truly finished.
You do not have to earn his love or run yourself ragged being good enough. When you become a follower of Christ, it is truly finished. You are holy. You are redeemed. You are good enough.
Do you accept this gift that He is offering you? Have you accepted Christ as your Lord and Saviour? If not, here is a simple prayer to pray:
“Dear God, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins! I believe that you came for me and that you want to have a relationship with me! I don’t need to change in order to enter into your presence. Thank you for loving me just as I am! I pray that today and the rest of my life you will help me to follow you. In Jesus name, Amen!”
If you’ve prayed that prayer for the first time, we would love to hear about it and pray with you for your new life. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions to Ponder
What are some practical ways you can incorporate the qualities of obedience, kindness, and forgiveness into your daily life? Is there someone or something in one of these areas that need your attention?
Plan to go to church Easter Sunday with your family. Take a family photo, and thank God for all that He has done for you and your family. Journal what you thanked God for and place a copy of the photo in your journal. You will be able to look at the photo over the next year and be reminded of all God has done for you and your family.
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Leslie has known Jesus almost as long as she has known her husband.
She loves Jesus, her husband, her two daughters, coffee and her dachshund Oscar Myer.
Her favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 4:8 "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed or broken. We do not give up and quit."