April 15 – Good Friday – Finished for Us

“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” John  19:30 (NASB)

The entire work of redemption had been brought to completion when Jesus said the words “It is finished.” The verb “finished” here carries the idea of fulfilling one’s task and, in this context, has the idea of Christ fulfilling the religious obligations which He did for us.  These last words He spoke mean very much to all of us who have believed in Him. Earlier in verse 28 we learn that Jesus knew that it was done. He said, “knowing that everything had now been finished.” Jesus knew that His death was accomplishing His Father’s purpose in sending Him to this earth.  He came to pay the price for bringing us into God’s family.  He paid the penalty for our sins when He died for us. So after hanging on the cross for about six hours, enduring the separation from His Father which our sins had caused, He knew that God’s purpose was accomplished and so He declared it accomplished. The way was open for you and for me to come to God to have our sins forgiven. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” he was declaring a promise for us. Through His sacrifice and death, we are forgiven.

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April 9 – At the Right Time

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 (NASB)

Easter is on the horizon of our calendars in one week. Over this next week our focus will be on the last days of our Lord Jesus before he died on the cross. It was no accident and not a happenstance in God’s timing. It was planned, intentional for us who believe in Him. During His last days He knew what was going to happen because He had always known it. That is what he had come for and our verse reminds us that He submitted to death for us at just the right time – the time God had set.  And the reason He had to suffer and the reason he died was because we are helpless and cannot save ourselves – we could not and cannot avoid the consequence of rejecting God. We are powerless before the God of heaven to clear ourselves of the penalty of death. Jesus did this for us what we could not do for ourselves. And now by faith we become members of God’s eternal family. God did not wait until we were good enough because we never would be so he did it when we were utterly helpless.

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February 14 – Demonstrating True Love

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 (NASB)

Today is a day when people send messages to show their special feelings for each other. The celebration seems to focus mostly on couples in love, but actually it is a day set aside to show affection and love to anyone in our lives. Our children, our parents, our siblings and even our friends. So it is most appropriate today for us to think of the message of love that God has sent to us. There is no other love that surpasses it and it is poured out upon us without fee. God tells us of His love and showed us His love in sending His only begotten Son to the cross of as an ultimate act of God’s love for us. The cross was no surprise to God. It was a part of His plan, and the purpose was to love even to those who didn’t deserve it – that includes every person born after Adam. Let’s thank Him for providing the means to have our sins not just covered but expiated. On this Valentine’s Day, let His love be shown through our actions and words.

The origin of celebrating February 14 as a day of love and romance is conflated. Read here a short explanation from Smithsonian Institute sources.

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