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Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14 – The Final Cross Words

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 (NIV)

The account of Christ’s crucifixion is recorded by each of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They record different details about the six hours on the cross and different words spoken by our Lord. All the words that Jesus spoke during the hours that he was hanging in pain and suffering on the cross are all important. However, for you and me were any of them more important than these three finale words? He said, “It is finished.” He knew that what he had done by dying on the cross was opening the way for us to become forgiven and become children of God. Jesus had come to Earth for this very purpose – to bring a lost world back to God. As we consider this and think of Jesus dying for us, paying the penalty for our sins, let’s thank Him for finishing what He came to do. 

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