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Friday 15 April 2022

"It IS Finished!" Finished work - once, and for all!

 It's Easter time, and really it's not about the bunny, but THE Lamb ..

The Lamb of God... as John the Baptist said of Jesus:
 "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world". 

Two verses (along with others but two main ones) repeat in my mind at Easter time.
The first verse is John 19:30
Jesus said, “It is finished.” 
With that, He bowed his head and gave up His spirit

Read this Scripture in John 19 so many times – the last words Jesus spoke on the day He was crucified. There’s such gravity in that moment. Imagining the Son of God, our Savior, with His battered and broken body nailed to a cross, stirs up a sense of both sadness and shame. 
Sorrow because it is MY SIN that He bore on the cross of shame.
 Shattered in body and Spirit by the greatest grief of all time, as His Father could not look on our sin, and turned His back on our perfect Sin-Bearer, the LORD Jesus Christ.
 Often the focus is on what happened, the events themselves, and less so on those three simple words He spoke at the end: 
It is finished.”
Let us to really consider those words. 
Christ was not simply stating the obvious - that His earthly life was over. 
He was declaring that our sins were forgiven once and for all, their price paid by His sacrifice."
"It is finished" last of Jesus' seven sayings on the cross. ... 
It meant that salvation was bought! 
It is paid for in full!

as by ONE man sin entered into the world, 
and death by sin; 
and so death passed upon all men, 
for that all have sinned:

For as by one man's disobedience (Adam) many were made sinners, 
so by the obedience of ONE (Jesus) shall many be made righteous.

Romans 5:12, 19

 The battle against sin's punishment was won, once for all.
By one man's sin (Adam) sin entered the world,
"The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin". I John 1:7b 
His blood bought our salvation.. 

We can never ever earn it ourselves.
... being a member of a church, a religion
or any other thing we do, it all is as nothing - it will not buy your salvation. 
Only one way through the perfect Son of God.

(This is a very early text done in 1992, executed in water colours, ink and 23 carat Gold leaf. 
I chose this verse because it was the verse that lead to my salvation (see here) .. and it is pivotal in my heart.
I now have another layout hanging on our loungeroom wall.)
The second verse that rings in my heart at Easter time - after Jesus cry of 
"It is finished!"
 is the angel's saying at the empty tomb:
"He is not here, for He is risen as he said."
What a joy it is to serve a Risen Saviour! Our God is not dead ... He lives ..
And how do I know He lives? ... as the hymn says "He lives within my heart!" 
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post. I pray it blesses you – for how richly I am blessed as a result of this gift of salvation at a young age.

I did not know until someone had told me, someone had asked me.
So this is why I share it with you today. 
Praying for you.
Shaz in Oz.x

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Crafting With Jack said...

A wonderful post to read on Good Friday, thank you Shaz

kiwimeskreations said...

A glorious Easter post Shaz!! Oh how I love those words It is Finished! What victory and hope is ours through that perfect, but ever so costly, sacrifice.\

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

I was thinking about "It is finished" when I scrolled down on blogland and saw your post, Shaz! Thanks for the scripture verse. I'd seen it at church on Friday when Good Friday service was over. I took a photo of "It Is Finished" on the wall screen before we left. I enjoyed what you wrote and thanks for sharing God's mercy and salvation to all of us! I hope to do a post soon as I've not done any for a few weeks. Busy. Thinking to continue blogging or not. Have a blessed day, Becky

Anne said...

A wonderful post for a wonderful celebration! Thank you!

Brenda said...

The perfect post for this time Sis. I am so thankful I a child of our good Lord at a young age too. I can't imagine navigating life without the good Lord in my heart. So thank you for this post, it was so beautiful to read and oh so true!!!! Love, hugs and blessings, Brenda

Cheryl’s Sunlit Pathway said...

I love the song He Lives it was one of my moms favorites and Because He Lives too