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“It is Finished!” (“God is My Banner” Devotional)

30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  (John 19:30)

John 19:30

Jesus was nailed on the cross from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (Mark 15:25-37).  The son of God, the King of kings, was hung on a tree for six hours.  He was mocked, pierced, and crushed. It was great agony Jesus had to endure on that cross.  

We know He spoke seven times with His last breath.  But we don’t know – 

What was He thinking when He was being mocked by those He loved? 
How did He feel when the Living Water had to call out “I am thirsty?”
When the Father had to forsake His Son, and the Son had to call out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” How significant were that sorrow and pain? 

Only the God who was nailed on the cross would know that moment. 

You and I would never know and would never get to know how much it would cost to see yours and my sin on that cross.  Because my God, my Savior, my Jesus, had taken my place on that cross for me, and He shouted: 

“It is finished!” 

“It is finished!”  Once and for all, the Son of God paid our ransom of sin on that cross! 

“It is finished!” The Son of God crushed the power of sin and Satan.

“It is finished!” It proclaims the accomplishment and victory of Jesus. 

“It is finished!”  His victory is also mine.  

And because “it is finished,” today, I can also carry my cross to follow Him and have the courage and faith to fight on the battlefield for Him.  

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” 

John 14:12

Dear Lord, we can do greater work today because You first accomplished the hardest.  You are victorious, and You are our banner.  

Feel free to share in the comments below what Jesus’ “It is finished!” also means to you.  

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