Friday, April 18, 2014

It Is Finished! - April 18, 2014

John 1:29 (New International Version)
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

Luke 23:33-34 (New International Version)
33When they came to the place called the Skull(Golgotha,Calvary), there they crucified him, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots(Psalms 22:14-21).

Mark 15:33-39 (New International Version)
33At the sixth hour(Noon)darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour(3PM). 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
35When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah."

36One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said.

37With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"

John 19:30 (New King James Version)
30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.


This Friday is not just another Friday, because this Friday we remember the sacrifice that was made, and the price for sin that was paid on our behalf. ...

It is a mystery that we can be forgiven because of the act of another, but today you have the opportunity to reflect on what Jesus is offering you. Jesus Christ, fully human and fully God, has finished the work of taking on the sins of mankind as the ultimate sacrifice, and reconciling every person to God.

No other faith, or religion, or number of good deeds can offer you positive assurance that you can be made right with God and spend your eternity with Him. Nothing else can take an empty and restless soul and give it joy, peace and hope. Are you willing to gamble your life and soul on something else?

You have the chance to bare your soul and lay all your mistakes, disobedience and sins at the foot of the cross. Jesus is offering to take them upon Himself. Surrender yourself and pour your heart to Him this day, confess your sins and accept His forgiveness. Believe in the provision that has been made for you; believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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Were You There?

By: Anonymous Negro spiritual written before 1865

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

Within its traditional seven verses, this soulful, powerfully moving, yet nobly restrained spiritual encapsulates the entire story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus as described in the four Gospels of the Bible's New Testament. It is one of several spirituals in which the people who suffered through the tragedy of American slavery would draw a dramatic parallel between their experience and that of the persecution and torture of Jesus. (excerpt fromAnswers.com)

It is finished!

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