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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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January 24, 2013 - It Is Finished

By Beatrice Northcutt

"When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost" (John 19:30, KJV).

Sitting in a community Easter service one year, I listened intently as the ministers of our small town brought short messages on the last seven statements of our Lord as He hung on the cross. "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34). "Woman, behold thy son!" (John 19:26). "Behold thy mother!" (John 19:27). "I thirst" (John 19:28). Then the final words, and the very reason our Lord endured the agony of the cross: "It is finished" (John 19:30).

The minister who was to bring those last words came to the platform, opened his Bible, read the text, and began to expound on these words of our Lord. He floundered, made ridiculous remarks, then said, "It is not finished yet; we are all still striving." He completely negated what Christ did!

I couldn't believe what my ears were hearing! The other ministers were squirming in their seats while everything inside me wanted to shout, "You don’t know what you’re saying!" But I held tightly to the arms of the chair to keep my feet from raising my body up in protest to his words!

I wonder how many people who read Jesus' words fail to comprehend the magnitude of their meaning.

Jesus was telling the world, "I have completed the work My Father sent Me to do. The sacrifice of animals was not sufficient to bring you to the Father, so I’ve poured out My blood for your sins, and brought you into the holiest of holies to have direct access to the Father. You no longer have to strive in your own effort to come to Me. I did it all, and your sins are completely forgiven. I purchased your healing with the stripes on My back. This is My gift to you; all you have to do is accept it."

Our Savior didn't call for a legion of angels to rescue Him when His abusers spit in His face, pulled out His beard, slapped Him, and mocked Him. He didn't even cry out to be rescued when they laid open the flesh on His back with the cruel whip and the blood ran down, or when they drove the spikes into His hands and feet.

No, Jesus stayed on the cross and endured the agony and shame until He completed the work for our salvation. Then He said, "It is finished!"

Jesus did it all for you and for me. He did it to give you and me the precious gift of eternal life. Can we refuse to accept a gift of such enormous price?

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.

 

 

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