Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 22 Scripture Selection: John 19:17-42
Food for Thought: John 19:30
“It is finished,” Jesus said just before He bowed His head and gave up the His spirit. Much was declared in those three simple words. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word to finish (teleho) in the Greek means “to end, i.e, complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt):–accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.”
Jesus always did get a lot of mileage out of His words, and this time was no exception. Yes, the work necessary on the cross was completely, precisely executed (Act 13:28-30). The Old Covenant with man had expired, and the sacrifice was made for the New Covenant (Heb. 9:11-16). The gap between God and man caused by man’s rebellion was filled up (Rom. 5:12-17; Eph. 2:13-17). And the debt man owed for all the transgressions was paid in full by the Perfect Man (Phil. 2:7, 8).
Mere words do not suffice to express what was accomplished through the suffering, and death and subsequent resurrection of our Savior. A few paragraphs could never do justice in explaining it. But as we delve into the meaning of the Lord’s words, He gives us a deeper and deeper, invaluable revelation in our spirits of it, helping us to gain a more profound appreciation of His completed work on the cross and bringing us into a closer relationship with Him.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…),
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):