It is Finished (May 31)

Quote from Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

May 31 It is Finished!

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 124:1-5 | 2 Samuel 17:1-29 | John 19:23-42 | Proverbs 16:12-13

Today’s Scripture Focus:  John 19:23-42

When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit John 19:30 (NASB). 

It is finished! The work that Jesus came to do was completed. His death would bring life to all who would believe.

It is finished!  All signs point to death and defeat. Yet, this is all part of God’s plan. Death is being swallowed up in victory. What appeared to be a defeat was in fact a glorious victory.

It is finished! Because of Christ’s death on the cross, our sins are forgiven and new life is ours. By faith we enter into life eternal and abundant. Because he died we have life.

It is finished! Jesus took upon himself all our sin. He bore the burden so we can find freedom and forgiveness.  

It is finished! His wounds bring our healing: spiritual, emotional and physical.  By his stripes we are healed.

It is finished! Satan is defeated. Deliverance is ours through the triumph of the cross.

It is finished! We are reconciled. We who were far away are brought near. Once estranged by sin, now we are beloved children. The wall of hostility has been destroyed, and we are ambassadors of reconciliation in a divided world.

It is finished! All the spiritual blessings we could ever desire–all we need–are found in the one who was obedient to death–even death on a cross.

It is finished!  Look to Jesus. Press forward in faith. He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.

Victorious and Risen Christ, we celebrate the victory of the cross. Thank you for all the benefits of your grace. Thank you for the life abundant and eternal that we now enjoy. Thank you for being faithful to complete what you have started. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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