It is finished

#collage #photography #sbs #Grace #umusa #christianposts #devotional #Finished: The Greatest Word Ever

Today this Sunday 10th March we come to the greatest word ever spoken and that word is finished. In John 19:30 we read these words from the mouth of Jesus. Actually these are three words in English but only one word in Greek or Aramaic.

John 19:30 ”When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, ‘It is finished:’ and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Actually it says he cried with a loud voice ”it is finished

.” It is one word in the Greek, ”tatelista”, finished or accomplished. Just one word, accomplished. And He bowed His head and gave up the ghost. Paul in writing of salvation in Romans 11:6 says this, ”and if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more #grace: otherwise work is no more work.”

Now I want to call this message ”The Greatest Word Ever Spoken.” And I want to say that this is the greatest word ever spoken because it was spoken by the greatest person who ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. Only the Lord Jesus Christ could have spoken this word because the word that He spoke was finished or accomplished. Only Jesus Christ could say accomplished. He is the only person who lived who accomplished fully the thing that God placed Him in this world to do. Abraham as great as he was could not say he fully finished God’s work. David as great as he was could not say he fully finished God’s work. Paul as great as he was could not say he fully finished God’s work. All of these great bible characters truly loved the Lord and truly did great things but only Jesus Christ the Son of God could say finished. This is the word spoken by the greatest person who ever lived, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Son of Man had come to seek and to save that which is lost

Lord of the dance, the Passover Feast

It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed
them the full extent of His love.
John 13:1 (NIV)

1. DANCE BEFORE THE MUSIC STOPS

Principle #1: Live Passionately

”Teach us to number our days and recognize how few they are; help us to spend them as we should.” Psalm 90:12 (LB)

– Waiting for perfect circumstances

”To what, then, can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry.”’ Luke 7:31, 32 (NIV)

– Wondering what people will think

”David answered, ‘I was dancing to honor the Lord, I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”’
2 Sam. 6:21, 22 (GN/NIV)

2. DANCE WITH ALL MY HEART

Principle #2: Love Completely

”Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”’ Matt. 22:37-39 (NIV)

– Never wait to say what you need to

– Never wait to act in love

– Never wait to give

3. DANCE NO MATTER WHAT

Principle #3: Learn Humbly

”Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross!” Phil. 2:5-8 (NIV)

”You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning