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On the Cross, and in complete control

When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  -John 19:30

When Jesus cried out, “It is finished”, He wasn’t saying that His personal ordeal was over. He was proclaiming that the task He had been sent to perform had been accomplished. All the suffering and sin of lost man had been poured out on Him, and now the price of our redemption had been eternally secured. The doorway to heaven had been opened, and we had gained the right to become partakers of the Divine nature.

And when Jesus gave up His spirit, He was not overcome by death. In the Greek, paradidomi means “to give into the hands of another; to deliver to one something to keep, use, or take care of; to permit, allow”. And it is recorded in the active tense, meaning that Jesus’ spirit didn’t just leave Him; His task being done, Jesus dismissed His own spirit into the hands of the Father.

Think of that. All during His passion, Jesus was in complete control. Every tearing of flesh by the lictor’s whip, every driving of thorns into his head, each nail, each unending agony of heaving breath while on the Cross – at any time, Jesus could have ended it at will, with one word (see Mt 26.53). He endured the unspeakable agony of not only the physical pain, but far worse, the righteous wrath due our separation from God.

He did it all to free us from the captivity of satan, sin and death, and to reconcile us to Himself forever. As has been written, it wasn’t the nails, it was Jesus’ love that held Him on the Cross – and when He was on the Cross, we were on His mind.

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  1. April 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

    wow… really nice blog…. wonderfully written….Outstanding….
    i like it….

    Balance of lines…. really awsum…

    visit mine… & plz plz plz put your comments…. Thank you…
    i’ll be in touch

    • April 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you. And be blessed.

      Paul

  2. Doreen Saz
    April 2, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Lord Jesus, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

    MAY THE JOY OF THE EASTER SEASON BRING YOU HOPE AND PEACE.

    HAPPY EASTER.
    blessings
    Doreen

    • April 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      Amen. There is power in the Blood.

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