LHM Lenten Devotion – April 8, 2014 “All Is Now Finished”

 

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“All Is Now Finished”

April 8, 2014


Lenten devo cover 2014Read John 19:28-29TEXT: After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I Thirst” (John 19:28).

Yesterday we reached the turning point of Psalm 22 where Jesus says in verse 21, “You have rescued Me.” The rest of the psalm goes on to predict Jesus’ resurrection. Before we return to it, we want to revisit the Gospels to conclude Jesus’ time on the cross, His death and burial.

When last in the Gospels we looked at Jesus’ fourth saying in Matthew 27:46, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” But we did not point out the time Jesus spoke these opening words of Psalm 22. Matthew writes “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?” At the ninth hour, shortly after saying this, Jesus died. But in this short span of time Jesus uttered three sayings; the first of these is Jesus’ fifth saying: “I’m thirsty.”

It would be a mistake to overlook the phrase that sets up this saying. “After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.'” What is finished? The answer here is the dire suffering, the spiritual torment, the Father’s wrath unleashed on Jesus for our sins. Jesus knows He has reached the turning point. He has completed the payment for all our sins; His Father is totally satisfied.

With the price of our sins fully paid, Jesus can now ask for a drink. In so doing, He fulfills verse 15 of Psalm 22. But Jesus is not just interested in easing His terrible thirst; He is determined to free His tongue which has been sticking to His jaws. He has an important message to proclaim to those gathered around Him-and to you and me.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for completing our salvation by Your bitter suffering on the cross. Amen.

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