Everything Is Complete – Anglican Communion 17 April 2019
The Daily Fountain Daily Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 17 April 2019 – Everything Is Complete
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TOPIC: Everything Is Complete
READ: John 19:12-30 King James Version (KJV)
12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
13 When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.
14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!
15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.
16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.
17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
19 And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.
20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout.
24 They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.
25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.
26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.
28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Pilate was convinced of the innocence of Jesus and sought to release Him instead of yielding to the malice and envy of the people. But the Jews insisted! Pilate did not want to lose the favour of Caesar or be considered unfaithful, so he delivered Jesus into their hands. They took Jesus away and crucified Him. When He asked for water, they soaked a sponge in vinegar and gave Him. Jesus looked up to heaven and cried, It is finished. By this, Jesus is saying that His job of saving the world has been completed. His sacrifice was not only perfect but acceptable to God.
Sin has a devastating effect of separating us from God. Jesus had to deal with sin and restore our relationship with God so we can have hope of heaven. He died on the cross to get rid of the power of sin. By His death, He reconciled us to God, paid the price of sin in full cancelled all debts, procured complete peace, pardon and forgiveness for us. He has finished the task and nothing else needs to be done or added to what has been done. Salvation is complete. All that is needed of you is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Have you believed? If not, you can do it today.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, Your death has given me hope of life forever. Help me to believe You with all my heart.
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