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Daily Reading: 16th February 2016

John 19. 28-30 cont.

28 After this, Jesus, Knowing that all things had been accomplished, and that the scripture might be fulfilled said (says): “I am thirsty”. 

29 A jar full of vinegar was there, so they put a sponge full of vinegar on a stalk of hyssop and put it to His mouth. 

30 Therefore, when He took the vinegar Jesus said: “It has been accomplished”, and bowing His head He delivered up His spirit. 

How many times have we all said something like: “well that’s that job done”?

It may have been a job that we’ve not been looking forward to, but that needed doing. There are some jobs that are just unavoidable, and we might keep putting them off, but in the end we have to do them, like filling out tax returns, or VAT returns.

With the completion of some jobs there is a nice sense of achievement.

The greatest job in the whole of history was the work that Jesus did on the cross.

He came into the world specifically to save sinners, people like you and me. This was a tremendous task, and one which nobody else could do.

Cecil Francis Alexander penned these words in 1848:

There was no other good enough to pay the price of sin, He only could unlock the gate of heaven, and let us in.

They express the reality that it was only Jesus would could accomplish the task of paying the price of our sin.

It was literally seconds before Jesus died that He shouted out: “It has been accomplished”.

He’d done it. The last great enemy of man was defeated; satan had lost his power; The victory was secure. No more could satan defeat mankind.

For Jesus that was that job done.

In the immediate sense the agony of the cross had been completed, since He was about to leave this world and the pain of crucifixion.

In a far wider sense the task that He was predestined to do since before the foundation of the world was now competed. All the prophecies about His sacrificial work were now completely fulfilled.

He had completed the task, and our salvation and eternal destiny was secured.

Throughout His entire life Jesus knew that He had to face the cross with all its agony, humiliation and degradation. This He had done. He did it because He loves us.

Today let us offer to Him the sacrifice of praise for saving us.

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