Wednesday, April 17, 2019

John 19:12-30

(Wednesday of Holy Week)

EVERYTHING IS COMPLETE

Pilate was convinced of the innocence of Jesus and sought to release Him instead of yielding to the malice and envy of the people. But the Jews insisted! Pilate did not want to lose the favour of Caesar or be considered unfaithful, so he delivered Jesus into their hands. They took Jesus away and crucified Him. When He asked for water, they soaked a sponge in vinegar and gave Him. Jesus looked up to heaven and cried, “It is finished.” By this, Jesus is saying that His job of saving the world has been completed. His sacrifice was not only perfect but acceptable to God. Sin has a devastating effect of separating us from God. Jesus had to deal with sin and restore our relationship with God so we can have hope of heaven. He died on the cross to get rid of the power of sin. By His death, He reconciled us to God, paid the price of sin in full – cancelled all debts, procured complete peace, pardon and forgiveness for us. He has finished the task and nothing else needs to be done or added to what has been done. Salvation is complete. All that is needed of you is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Have you believed? If not, you can do it today. PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Your death has given me hope of life forever. Help me to believe You with all my heart.