Friday, April 2, 2010

It Is Finished

Or in Greek, te telestai.

From the book of Matthew, chapter 27:

45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabchthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man is calling for Elijah!"
48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave it to Him to drink.
49 The rest said, "Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him."
50 Jesus, when He had cried out again with a loud voice, yielded up His Spirit.
51 And behold, the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
52 and coming out of the grave after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
53 Now, when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly, this was the sun of God!"

From the book of John, chapter 19:

28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!"
29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with the sour wine, put it on a hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.

You know, as I was typing this out, a thought occurred to me: I am so glad that that is NOT where the story ends. Because I would have absolutely no hope if that was where the story stopped.

Today is Good Friday. And you're probably wondering, "If this is about Jesus dying, then why on Earth is it called 'Good Friday'?" I'm glad you asked. It's called Good Friday because Jesus died to save all of us from our sins. And He didn't stay dead. He rose again. And someday, he's coming back.

Today we remember that Jesus gave His life for us and comemorate His death. And on Sunday, we'll celebrate because the story does not just end with death.

Petra - It is Finished

"The provision has been made
The foundation has been laid
He paid the ransom due and tore the temple veil in two
And opened up the way for me and you!

It is finished!"

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