Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 19.
Today's Reading: John, Chapter 19
Author: Isaac Ruiz
"When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." John 19:30
"It is finished", how powerful are these three words. With Jesus' last breath, He would bring freedom to all who call on His name. As we pray and fast, it can be hard to remember "the why." My why is because through the words "It is finished," it gave me the freedom to live a life free of sin, shame, and guilt.
We have all made mistakes and fall short, but Jesus didn't because He lived the life we could never live - perfect.
God sent His perfect son for His imperfect people. He did this all for love so that the Father could one day welcome us all into His kingdom where there will be no more crying, no more pain, no more suffering. When life comes knocking at our door, all we have to do is seek after Him and remember what He has done.
We need not pay for our sins because Jesus not only bore our sins with the stripes on His back but also drank the bitter cup of sin. In scripture, it says the Roman soldiers gave Jesus a sponge soaked in vinegar to quench His thirst. First off, I would never want to drink that, but even in Jesus' last painful moments of his life, He drinks from the bitter sponge, which I believe symbolizes our sin.
Our mistakes don't move Jesus, for He bore it on His body and drank its bitter taste so that all we would know is the sweet love He has for us.
His body was broken so that we could be whole. Never forget what Jesus did for you and I. Remember that all our past, present, and future sins are forgiven. Take courage when life comes to rock you & you feel you can't press on - let Jesus' last words, "IT IS FINISHED," be the first words off your lips.
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