Text: “My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought Me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed Me; the assembly of the wicked have in-closed Me; they pierced My hands and My feet…they part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture.”
“Yet, it pleased the Lord (God the Father) to bruise Him (God the Son); He hath put Him to grief (upon the Cross); when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed (the redeemed), He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He (God the Father) shall see the travail of His soul (God the Son), and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous servant (Christ Jesus) justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.”
Good morning, Eternally justified Christian! God the Father loved you and I so much that He sent His only begotten and sinless Son, Christ Jesus, to suffer infinitely cruel sufferings to pay the Spiritual price necessary to redeem us from our sins. Now, we who trust in Christ are full justified in God’s Holy sight. Christ’s Sacrifice - fully accomplished, fulfilled, and finished - was all vital to save and secure our Hell-deserving and never-dying souls. Hallelujah! What a Saviour we have in the risen Jesus Christ!
“It is finished…the Battle is over…it is finished, there’ll be no more war…it is finished, the end of the conflict…it is finished, and Jesus is Lord…” (Sung by the Gaithers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGuaJM-JmyI)
Accomplished: The Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of God, had come to accomplish God the Father’s Sovereign will in the redemption of the souls He had Himself chosen (elected) to save from before the foundation of the world.
“All that the Father giveth Me (Christ Jesus) shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. For (a conclusion) I came down from Heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.” (John 6:37-39)
Fulfilled: Christ also came to us in order to fulfil every prophecy concerning Himself as the coming Messiah; manifest every Scriptural attribute noted down by the Spirit of God’s chosen writers; every ‘…jot and tittle…’ of the Law and the prophets. This He fulfilled to the very letter. Praise His victorious Name!
“Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For (a conclusion) verily I say unto you, Till Heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass for the Law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18)
Israel’s King David , speaking prophetically in Psalms 22:15-18; and 69:21 clearly depicted how Messiah Jesus would die for the sins of the world, and suffer for the sins of ’…His people…’. Christ Jesus’ death on the Cross fulfilled every aspect of these God-given prophecies. The prophet Zechariah clearly supports the detail of this Scriptural proof. (Zechariah 11:10-11)
Finished: When Christ cried from that Cross ‘It is finished’, it was not the cry of one defeated by suffering and death. On the contrary, it was the victory cry of One Whom death could never defeat; One Who was Victor over death - because death, ‘the king of terrors’, can only have control over souls that have sinned against the Lord God Almighty. Hallelujah!
Jesus is, was, and always shall be completely Holy and utterly sinless! Glory to His Name! (Hebrews 4:15)
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; and deliver them (redeemed sinners) who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
“He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 25:8)
Christ Jesus ‘…bowed His head, and gave up the ghost…’; nothing, and no one, could have ever taken life away from Him, for He is the Lord of all life.
Do you know this Jesus as your personal Saviour? I do, and I can testify that He has accomplished, fulfilled, and finished the work of my Salvation. Come to Him and be saved.
Thought: In Christ, it is just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned - justified by faith.