The fin­ished work of God

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When the Lord cried out “It is fin­ished” in John 19:30, it was not a cry of de­feat but of vic­tory.

This state­ment was made mere mo­ments be­fore He breathed His last and gave His life for sin­ful mankind.

All that He had come to this world for had been ac­com­plished.

The Old Tes­ta­ment is filled with prom­ises of a fu­ture prophet, priest and king. Ev­ery Christ­mas when we cel­e­brate the Baby of Beth­le­hem, we cel­e­brate the ful­fil­ment of all th­ese prom­ises.

Matthew 1:21 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Je­sus, be­cause he will save his peo­ple from their sins.” He was also called Im­manuel – which means, God with us!

Ac­cord­ing to Isa­iah 61:1-3, un­der the anoint­ing of the Holy Spirit, the Mes­siah would min­is­ter to the needs of the peo­ple. Dur­ing His three years of min­istry, Je­sus brought life, light, hope and heal­ing to thou­sands in Is­rael.

Fur­ther, the Lord Je­sus said: “Do not think that I have come to abol­ish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abol­ish them but to ful­fil them” (Matthew 5:17).

No one could ful­fil the Law ex­cept the Son of God. When He hung upon the cross, He was the sin­less, spot­less, holy Lamb of God.

What we could not do, the Lord did on our be­half.

“There­fore, there is now no con­dem­na­tion for those who are in Christ Je­sus, be­cause through Christ Je­sus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Ro­mans 8:1, 2).

Lastly, He came to give His life as a ran­som for many.

The price He paid to set mankind free was in­cal­cu­la­ble. It is fin­ished!

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