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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

It Is Finished!

The Death of Jesus

John 19:28-37


28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.

30 When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down.

32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other.

33 But when they came to Jesus and found that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.

34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.

35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe.

36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled:

“Not one of His bones will be broken.” b

37and, as another scripture says,

“They will look on the One they have pierced.” c
    

      b: Read Psalm 34:20    

      c: Read Zechariah 12:10


The Burial of Jesus

John 19:38-42


38 Later, Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Now Joseph was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly because he feared the Jews. With Pilate’s permission, he came and took the body away.

39 He was accompanied by Nicodemus, the man who earlier had visited Jesus at night. Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds.d

40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs.

41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid.

42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

 

Verse 30:  It is finished

Greek   

Τετέλεσται tetelestai

Τελέω teléō (from télos, “consummation, completion”) – properly, to complete (consummate), i.e. finish (qualitatively) the necessary process – with the results “rolling-over” to the next level (phase) of consummation.  This root (tel-) means “reaching the end (aim).” It is well-illustrated with the telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness).

 

Today’s Topic: What is finished when Jesus died on the Cross?

  1.  His suffering is finished.
  2. The purchase of man's redemption is completed; “He hath finished the transgression, and made reconciliation for iniquity, and brought in everlasting righteousness, and sealed up the vision and prophecy, and anointed a holy of holies”.
  3. The Law is fulfilled as never before, in His “obedience unto death, even the death of the cross”.
  4. Messianic prophecy is accomplished;; He has inaugurated the Kingdom of God and given birth to a new world.


Lord Jesus,

On the Cross You said, “I am thirsty”. I almost cried when I read it. You gave us living water yet You were thirsty.

You said to a Samaritan woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Thank You for giving living water so we will not be thirsty again.

Amen.

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