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SNATCHING VICTORY FROM THE JAWS OF DEFEAT

May 25, 2016

Wednesday

 

John 19:30

 

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

 

 

LESSON

 

Jesus’ reception of the “sour wine” did not relieve His torment, though it did moisten His parched throat so He could speak. It also fulfilled Scripture. Nevertheless Jesus cried out with a loud voice “It is finished!” Jesus was not just announcing that He was about to die. He was also declaring, proleptically, that He had fulfilled God’s will for Him. The use of the perfect tense, here, signified proleptically that Jesus had finished His work of providing redemption completely, and that it presently stood finished. Nothing more needed, or ever needs, to be done.

This finished work of Jesus Christ is the basis for our salvation. Having thus spoken, Jesus handed over “His spirit” to His Father, and “bowed His head” in peaceful death. Normally victims of crucifixion experienced the gradual ebbing away of life, and then their heads would slump forward. All four evangelists presented Jesus as giving up His life of His own accord. No one took it from Him. He did this voluntarily, and in harmony with His Father’s will. He ‘bowed his head’; the plain intimation is that, up to this point, His head had been held erect. It was no impotent sufferer who hung there in a swoon.

From the standpoint of God the Cross was a propitiation, where full satisfaction was made to His holiness and justice. From the standpoint of the Savior, it was a sacrifice, an offering, an act of obedience. From the standpoint of believers, it was a substitution, the Just suffering for the unjust. From the standpoint of Satan it was a triumph and a defeat: a triumph, in that he bruised the heel of the woman’s Seed; a defeat, in that through His death Christ destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil. From the standpoint of the world it was a brutal murder.

 

Memory Verse: Hebrews 2:9

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