“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, "I am thirsty." 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” John 19:28-30 (NASB)
Another day, another crucifixion. Another reminder of who is in charge. One action against the law, one word of rebellion, and a person could find himself hanging on a wooden cross between heaven and hell for hours until death finally claimed its victory.
Each criminal labeled by his crime – murderer, thief, King of the Jews….. Crimes against the state for which there is no defense, only a declaration of “Guilty!”
But this day would bring a change to the routine. One Man would change up the meaning of this ignominious death. This Man would bring Grace to it. Provision. Forgiveness. Promise. Freedom. Love.
Jesus, fully human and fully divine, suffered tremendously with the physical torture and beating. He was deprived of sleep and food and water. Never once did He utter a word of defense for Himself.
He simply walked the road of redemption step by step with one goal in mind: THIS is why He came.
2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
His perfect actions changed the game for sinners under the bondage of sin and the weight of the law.
His perfect reactions displayed wholehearted devotion to His Father’s desire to buy back the precious creation that had been stolen by the enemy through sin.
In a voice that was loud and triumphant Jesus declared, “It is finished!”
Death and Hell are vanquished!
The ransom is paid in full. Jesus’ life blood washes us clean from the corruption of sin.
The Father’s plan of redemption is completed by the Son.
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Hello! My name is Vicki Johnson, aka, gracefilledgirl.