When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. – John 19:30
Meditation: What did Jesus finished? His life? His ministry? Well the Lord finished the purpose of His coming. In giving His life upon the cross, Jesus Christ satisfied the justice of God and redeemed His people from their sins saving the from eternal damnation.
The plan of salvation was devised before the foundation of the world, it worked out over generations and the Messiah would give His life but once at a time and in a manner of the Father’s choosing. Thus Jesus was born to die. Sobering isn’t it?
He alone had the power to give Hisnlife. Jesus said, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (John 10:18). So tomorrow, on Resurrection Sunday, Christians around the world celebrate the quickening of the Lord’s body.
We celebrate His victory and ours. For we rise with Him. As our sins were taken away by His death, so too our new lives are tied to His new life forever delivered from death. This Resurrection in which we share in spirit now but in the end completely with newness of body and soul.
Call to Action: As we consider the resurrection of Christ, let us go on to glorify Him by honoring the New life we have in Him with obedience. No more chained to sin and doomed to death, we can love victorious.
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God (Romans 8:12-14).