Jesus’ final two words. His first is one of triumph and victory. The Bible declares that it was spoken in a loud voice. Jesus simply cried out, “It is finished!” His work was done. Our substitute died in our place, made atonement for our sins.  Jesus Christ died for us sinners, and it was finished.

Jesus uttered his final statement before his death.  I see it with his head held high in triumphant victory. I see it with a smile on his face. I see him pushing himself up off of the spikes in his feet getting his last deep breath to simply say with great exasperation, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” And Jesus was reconciled to the Father, and we who are in Christ were reconciled to the Father. The Bible then declares that at that moment Jesus Christ breathed his last, and he died.

Jesus said in the 10th chapter of John’s gospel to his disciples, “No one takes my life. I lay it down, and I pick it up.” Jesus Christ is no pure victim. He’s a man on a mission to love us and save us. That’s why Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and the perfecter of our faith, who for the   joy set before him, endured the cross, scorning it’s shame, to sit down at the right hand of the Father.”

On the cross, Jesus was not just some pathetic victim. He was a man on a mission to glorify the Father in Heaven and to save people on the earth, and on the other side of the cross, there was joy. He laid down his life. He would take it up again. He knew that on the other side of the cross he would return to his throne in Heaven and that he would save you and I.

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