April 2nd, 2021 – Good Friday – Tony’s Message
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glory of God and the power of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
It is Finished
The Gospel According to John, Chapter 19, Verses 28 to 30
(New Revised Standard Version)
v. 28 – After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.”
v. 29 – A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth.
v. 30 – When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Having fulfilled every command of the Father and every prophecy of scripture, Jesus voluntarily died. This was not a cry of exhaustion, but one of victory as He had done what He had agreed to do!
The death of Socrates, peacefully philosophizing among friends seems to appear as the most agreeable way to die that one could wish for; that of Jesus expiring in agony, abused, insulted and accursed by a whole nation is the most horrible one could fear. Socrates, indeed, in receiving his cup of poison blessed the weeping executioners who administered it; but Jesus, amid excruciating torture, prayed for His merciless tormentors. Yes, if the life and death of Socrates were that of a teacher and a sage, the life and death of Jesus Christ were those of a God!
It is Finished
It was 3 ‘o’ clock in the afternoon. Jesus called for water; He could hardly speak. A soldier fixed a sponge on a spear and held it to His lips. It was terribly bitter but it was enough. He strained His head and looked up to Heaven. “It is finished”, He cried and then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Paul writes, “God has shown us how much He loves us – it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us! We were God’s enemies, but He made us His friends through the death of His Son. That’s how much God loves us – Jesus died for us, even though we didn’t deserve it. His death brings us closer to God.
Jesus’ announcement that “It is finished” is clear and simple. Jesus has completed His task. The reason why He came to earth as a human has been fulfilled. He came so that you and I can have forgiveness and salvation. He came to give us victory. He came to ensure that we can enter His kingdom and live forever.
Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for each one of us, if we trust in Him and look to Him for Salvation, our punishment is borne by Him. Our stained robes are washed clean in the blood of the lamb.
It is finished… or is it? …Wait two days
Loving God, what You have done for us in Jesus’ death on the cross is far more than we deserve. His death has given us forgiveness and the hope of life forever. Everything is complete; We thank You from the depths of our souls.
Let us repeat the Lord’s Prayer, either in our hearts or out loud:
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever.