By Oke Chinye
Read: John 19: 1-42
“So, when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘it is finished’. And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30).
t was a very sad and hopeless day in Jerusalem on this day over 2000 years ago. The One whom the Jews believed had come to deliver them from Roman oppression had just been crucified on a cross between two criminals. The disciples were in panic mode. Some of them had fled and gone into hiding. Peter was probably still reeling from guilt as he recalled denying his master three times and now his master was dead. Mary had just witnessed her beloved son die a shameful death. One can only imagine the confusion, gloom and dejection that hung in the air. Darkness seemed to be winning.
But the One who hung on the cross knew it was in fulfillment of God’s plan for the salvation of mankind and that in three days, He would rise again. The entire human race and not just the Jews were under a much more severe bondage than the Roman oppression. We were all under the bondage of sin because of the fall of the first Adam and the price for our freedom was the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. So, Amid the hopeless of the day, scripture was being fulfilled. The price for our freedom had just been paid. That’s why the last words of Jesus as He hung on that old, rugged cross were “it is finished”. What did He mean? He meant that He had paid it all, there was no more sacrifice left. We were now free, free from sin, separation from God, sickness, demonic oppression, poverty, and death. The portal for reconciliation back to God had just been opened.
John 3:16-19 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Have you accepted this light? Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart? Today is a good day to do so. It is finished, refuse to remain under the bondage of sin.
IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Dcns Oke Chinye, Founder of The Rock Teaching Ministry (TRTM).
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