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“It Is Finished”

Today’s Reflection

AS TERRIBLE AS IT SOUNDS, Jesus’ statement “It is finished” serves more accurately as an exclamation point affirming that the Son had been completely successful in his mission, not as a concession to defeat. Because the moment Jesus died, the possibility of our redemption was born.

When Jesus uttered the statement “It is finished” on that Good Friday and it echoed across all of history, he opened the door of possibility so that we could be restored to God as if we were actually worthy. In fact, and because of Jesus, I really am worthy; we all are.

Regardless of how I understand it, that dark day on Golgotha saved me. The best I can do in response is to live in the truth of such generous love.

– Derek Maul
Reaching Toward Easter

From page 127 of Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Reflect on the the life-giving passion of Christ. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30, NRSV

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 25, 2016, 4:46 am

    Thank you Gracious God for restoring us!

  • Jill March 25, 2016, 5:31 am

    It is and was, indeed, a Good Friday – for the Father, through His Son, fulfilled His plan. We are restored to fellowship with Him, due to the obedience of Christ. We stand before Him clean – how unfathomable – our sins gone! I praise You, Father!

  • Lou March 25, 2016, 8:17 am

    Thank you Lord for saving me and for your infinite love. Help me always to remember all that you do for me and help me to serve you with the same kind of unending love.
    Blessings to all who visit the UR.

  • robert moeller March 25, 2016, 9:14 am

    We are like Peter on this day, from a human standpoint we don’t want Jesus to have to suffer and die, and yet without it happening, we can not be saved.
    A grain of wheat has to die to bring forth a harvest of a multitude of grains.
    Thank You, Jesus, for accomplishing the greatest of all tasks. Thank You, Lord, because of Your love we are saved. Good Friday is good because of what Jesus did.

    Blessings and thanksgiving on the day our sin was paid for.

    Thankful for communion on Maundy Thursday, that Anneliese could attend, that great and wonderful things are happening for Erich, thankful for Jenny’s help. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for opportunities to help, serve, others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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