March 29, 2013 - Good Friday

Today's Reading: John 18:1-19:42

Daily Lectionary: Exodus 12:29-32;13:1-16; Hebrews 6:1-20

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. “It is finished.” What part of “it is finished” isn't clear? If it is finished, why do we make those little deals with God that if He comes through, we'll try harder? If it is finished, why do people teach and believe that we must somehow choose Jesus or give Him our hearts? If it is finished, why do we act as if our sins aren't forgiven or that the sins of others can still be held against them? If it is finished, why do our sins still trouble us? We believe these things because we don't believe Jesus' words that “It is finished.”

The answer to that doubt and unbelief is Jesus' words: “It is finished.” Because it is. Salvation is accomplished. The Law is fulfilled. Sins have been paid for. Iniquities have been borne. The devils' accusations have been silenced. All that stood between you and God has been cleared away. Jesus' death on Calvary does it all. There is nothing left. Nothing. It. Is. Finished.

It does remain to be delivered. But that's God's work, too. Just as when it was finished, then the blood and water had to flow. So Jesus has indeed finished all things and then the blood and water flow to you. Water to the font to wash you. Blood to the cup to forgive you. Baptism and Word and body and blood are all part of the “It is finished” of Jesus. What was finished on Calvary is continually delivered to you in His church so that you will always know that there is nothing you need to do. It's been done. It gets delivered. The Lord's work is saving you. And you? You are saved. It is finished. Done deal. Jesus finished it. There is nothing for you to do. No “ifs” “ands” or “buts.” It is finished. Jesus said so. That makes it so. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Almighty and merciful God, we implore You graciously to behold this Your family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ was contented to be betrayed and given up into the hands of wicked men and to suffer death upon the cross; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Good Friday.)

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