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EASTER MARCH 31, 2013

It Is Finished - The Message of the Cross

John 19:30 KJV: When Jesus … said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

What an awesome testimony concerning the life and work of our Savior, Jesus Christ! Jesus, on Calvary’s Cross, with pain unimaginable, a burden unthinkable, and a purpose undeterrable says these words and brings a conclusion to His life of sacrifice for our sins. Greater love (agape love) could no one have than to lay His life down for His friends!

I remember the movie, The Passion. Many critics say this film is anti-Semitic in that it supposedly portrays the Jews as the crucifiers of Christ. They are! Other critics say, “No, it is the Romans that crucify Him!” They are right, too! The fact is the whole world crucifies Him! We all in essence attempt to take His life through our sin. This is what makes sin so horrible!

However, the Bible says, “He gave up the ghost!” He dismisses His own Spirit; He willingly lays down His own life. As He breathes, He is a living sacrifice; in His death, He is the Lamb of God slain from the foundations of the world. Furthermore, that work is finished!

I remember my father before He comes to Christ. He is a carpenter, a hard working construction artisan whose religion is, “A day’s work for a day’s pay!” All week long he slaverously toils, but when Friday comes ‘it is finished’, and he is ready for payday. He leaves the construction site with check in hand; he stops at a local pub, drinks a beer and plays a game of pinball. On Saturday, he and I go fishing, and on Sunday he rests. Of course, on the glad day he comes to know the Lord as Savior, his heart and life change. However, my greater point in this message is, that although my dad works hard, there is a time to say, “It is finished!”

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Biblical Meaning of "It is finished..."

The Greek word here in John for ‘finished’ is very interesting. It is the word, ‘teleō’. It occurs 31 times in the King James Version of the Bible, and it is translated with 13 different English words by the KJV translators. I like to dichotomize it into five variants; (the Scripture references are but examples of how the word has been translated in the KJV.)

To finish a work: see Matthew 13:53 : Jesus earthly work is finished and all that remains is His “payday!” We are His inheritance!
To expire or bring to an end. See Revelation 20: 7: Jesus earthly life is over; He willingly lays His life down for us!
To fill up completely or to fulfill: See Acts 13:28-29: Jesus fulfills all the requirements and prophecies necessary for the Messiah!
To Perform See Luke 2:39: I see Christ before the stage of heaven and playing His part to perfection as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
To Pay a debt completely. See Matthew 17:24: Jesus says on the Cross, “It is paid in full!” Wow!

His day is ended; His earthly life is expired; His prophetic purpose is completely fulfilled; His necessary earthly work is performed; His mission to pay for my sins is over! It is “At the Cross, at the Cross is where I first saw the Light and the burden of my heart rolls away!” It is finished.

I have a prayer that I might be able to say this at the end of my life! I can reflect on nothing more tragic than an unfinished life. Although the mercy of Christ can reach to the deathbed repentant, I run from that as if I were a deer in a forest fire! I crave to say, “It is finished,” with as few regrets as possible. There is only one way to accomplish this. As I see it, we must receive Christ as early as possible, and we must serve Him as diligently and determinately and devoutly as long as we live. However, this is not ‘hard’ when we consider what he does to help us! He says, “My burden is light!”

Each day has its darg (as the frontier farmer used to say as he met his daily reap of hay) and its dread (as we complain today ), but it also comes with a dream. The day is begun as if it were a blank canvas; the events of circumstance provide the outline; and our responses give the color. The evening time brings its reward, and the picture of the day is finished. So it is with our life! With these words, “It is finished,” Jesus brings all people of all time to behold the Cross. Looking on the Cross is difficult! It is a dreaded place of pain and death, but the Easter message does not end there! He is risen and so shall we rise! Because He lives, I can face every tomorrow. Before the Cross I am lost; on the Cross is my substitute; beyond the Cross is my redemption. It is finished.

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16:17And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

It is finished. Praise God!

Thank you. ~ eddie

God had spoke ,it is finish to me 3 times, look at your website,and listen to the song and the words you spoke,it really touch my spirit and gave new understand what God was saying to me.thank you and bless you in the love of Jesus Christ.imabless

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> Penny Richards

> In a 2010 research study, the Barna Group reports that 67
> percent of Americans identified Easter as a religious
> holiday. However, a shockingly fewer amount - only 42
> percent of people surveyed - knew the Biblical meaning
> behind the Easter story. In fact, some people gave answers
> like "the birth of Jesus" when asked to identify what Easter
> signified.
>
> It's time to return to the roots of the Biblical story by
> diving into King James Version (KJV) verses from the Bible
> that exemplify the love, passion, tragedy and meaning of the
> scriptural Easter passages. While several traditional Bible
> verses, such as Mark 16:9 and Matthew 28, discuss the actual
> happenings of Easter, there is so much more hidden away
> within the pages of the KJV Bible.
>
> Each of these five best KJV Easter verses can help you, your
> family and your friends identify the great Christian
> theological implications of the Biblical Easter.
>
> 1. 1 Peter 1:3 KJV: "Blessed be the God and Father of our
> Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy
> hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the
> resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."
>
> This KJV Easter Bible verse outlines the great theological
> implications of Easter. For many Christians, it's not just a
> story about Jesus Christ rising from the dead, but about the
> "lively hope" given to those who follow Christianity.
> Because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, Christians are
> given hope. For example, an encouraging quote often
> attributed to Charles Hall says: "Easter says you can put
> truth in a grave, but it won't stay there."
>
> 2. John 11:25-26 KJV: "Jesus said unto her, I am the
> resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though
> he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and
> believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?"
>
> Jesus Christ called Himself the resurrection and the life.
> This KJV Easter verse is yet another example of the hopeful
> message behind the Easter story of life and death: In
> Christian theology, Christians believe that those who
> "believeth" in Christ will rise from the dead much like
> Jesus did.
>
> 3. Romans 6:8-1 KJV: "Now if we be dead with Christ, we
> believe that we shall also live with him:Knowing that Christ
> being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more
> dominion over him.For in that he died, he died unto sin
> once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God."
>
> I have heard this Easter Bible verse also occasionally
> quoted at funerals, giving hope to those who are afraid of
> death.
>
> 4. Romans 10:8-9 KJV: "That if thou shalt confess with thy
> mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
> God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
>
> This Easter King James Bible verse points to a deep
> theological implication: Not only must Christians believe in
> Jesus Christ, but his resurrection that occurred on Easter
> is also critical. You must believe in the Easter
> resurrection to also reap the benefits of Christian
> salvation.
>
> 5. Acts 2:29-32 KJV: "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof
> we all are witnesses."
>
> For some who doubt the Christian Biblical Easter story, this
> verse points to an important idea: That those who wrote
> about the resurrection that happened at Easter were also
> eyewitnesses to the various events surrounding the first
> Easter.
>
>
> Published by Penny Richards
>
> A traveling explorer who enjoys experiencing life at its
> fullest. View profile
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Comment by Gordon Ray Kissinger on March 28, 2013 at 8:55pm

1 And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD YAHVEH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.

5 Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.

6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Isaiah 12

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