Thursday, October 04, 2007

The Death of Jesus

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.

There you have it. It is finished. Debt paid in full. Nothing we do will add to or take away from the price Jesus paid to satisfy God's wrath at our sin.

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," 37 and, as another scripture says, "They will look on the one they have pierced."

No other scenario so beautifully portrays God's wrath and God's mercy in harmony as the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. God is holy, just and perfect and must punish sin, and he is good, loving and merciful, and he has given us unmerited grace. Both were accomplished with this one act.


emmaus said...

Keep writing, keep sharing, keep speaking truth! GO GO GO!

Dru Morgan said...

Thanks... Needed a break there, but let me get this thing going again.