It is Finished!

Posted: March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

Resurrection Sunday 2013, “It is Finished!”

“It is finished!”  These are some of the most famous words of Jesus that were uttered from the cross, and for good reason.  In this simple sentence (actually one word in Greek), Jesus’ utter victory over sin, death, and the devil was proclaimed.  From the perspective of all the witnesses to the crucifixion, this would have outwardly seemed to be Jesus’ darkest hour.  In reality, it was the moment of His greatest victory.

It is because “it is finished,” that we celebrate the resurrection today.  If Jesus had not finished the task that was set before Him – if what He accomplished at the cross was not sufficient for our sin – then there would have been no resurrection, and we would have no assurance of forgiveness at all.  But because it IS indeed finished, we have the glorious hope of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ!

This is what we’re going to look at today.  Obviously today is the Sunday on which we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection, but we’re going to take a look back at His final moments on the cross to see how the resurrection was made possible (indeed, how it was absolutely assured) in the minutes before Jesus took His final breath.

John 19:28–30
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
  

  • “ After this…” The context.

First we need to understand how this all came to pass.  There had been a whirlwind of activity that led to this point.  The past 24 hours were a blur!  Things had started normally enough, with Jesus and the disciples celebrating the Passover meal, just as they did every year.  To be sure, Jesus changed up the normal liturgy a bit, including the declarations of the broken unleavened bread representing His body, and the cup of atonement representing His blood.  Jesus didn’t even partake of the 4th cup (the cup of praise), saying that He would drink of the fruit of the vine until they all did it together in His Father’s kingdom.  There was the washing of feet, the news of a traitor among the disciples, and the sudden departure of Judas.  At this point, this had become nothing like a normal Passover!  Jesus taught them in length that He was going to be going away, and sending the Holy Spirit as a helper to them…both sad and welcome news at the same time.  Could Jesus really be going away?  Would the disciples really face as much tribulation as Jesus said they would? 

Jesus had prayed for all of the disciples as well as all who would come to believe in Jesus through their testimony, and then took just a few of the disciples and went off by Himself to pray.  Jesus seemed to be under incredible stress when Judas appeared along a detachment of Roman soldiers, and that’s when things got really crazy.  Over the next several hours, there were mock trials, beatings, the horrendous scourging, mob violence, and finally Jesus was sentenced to die by crucifixion, and He carried His own cross to the hill where He would die.

Enduring the humiliation and shame of those who mocked Him, Jesus hung upon the cross for 6 hours, experiencing a level of pain and torture that few people know.  While hanging there, Jesus prayed that God would forgive the crowds – gave assurance of salvation to a thief hanging beside Him – cried out in anguished appeal to God asking why His Father had forsaken Him…and now came to this point.  This had been no ordinary day.  Things had come to a climax, and Jesus knew His moment of death was at hand.
  

  • “… all things were now accomplished…” The act.

The word used here is interesting…it’s exactly the same word and tense as Jesus’ later declaration, “It is finished.”  Greek = τετέλεσται , from the word τελέω, meaning “achievement, fulfillment, completion, to perfect.”  Grammatically, the word is used in the perfect tense. We’re typically familiar with three common tenses in English usage: past, present, and future.  (There are more, but these are the ones most people easily recognize.)  The perfect tense demonstrates an action that has been brought to full completion in the past – the action has been “perfected.”  It’s a bit more descriptive than a simple past tense, which shows something that happened in past time with no necessary connection to present time.  The perfect tense shows something brought to full completion in the past, with the result of that action continuing into the present time.  The present situation is now changed as a result of a completed past action.

With all of that in mind, John is writing of Jesus’ time upon the cross, and Jesus has come to the point where He knows that all that He has done in the past has brought things to a present state of conclusion.  Τετέλεσται .  That is an incredible fact!

What needed to be accomplished?  “All things,” speaking of the will of God.  We need to remember that the cross and resurrection were not some happenstance events that just coincidentally occurred with a man known as Jesus of Nazareth.  This was part of the eternal plan of God.  How far back?  The Bible tells us that Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8).  We see Jesus promised in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:15).  In all of the covenants of God, God repeatedly promised His Son – to Abraham (Gen 12:3), Moses (Deut 18:15), and David (2 Sam 7:14).  Jesus was given a very specific time frame in which to appear to Israel (Dan 9:25).  Finally, Jesus came in the fullness of time. (Gal 4:4). There ought to be no doubt that Jesus came according to plan, exactly in line with the will of God.  This was the eternal counsel of God in regards to how He would deal with the awfulness of sin.

Think of that again for emphasis.  The cross was God’s answer to sin.  Mankind had sinned against God from the time that there was a mankind.  We had sinned against God individually, though we had not yet been born, yet already seen by the eternal God outside of time.  The fact that any sin at all existed would have demanded a righteous response from the Holy God.  How much more the abundance of sin that spread like a cancer throughout every continent and every culture?  All sin – every sin – finds its answer in the cross.  Though it was an instrument of torture and death invented in history by the Persians and perfected by the Romans, it had already been predetermined by God from eternity past to be used upon His beloved Son.  God in His glory needed to respond to the evil of sin, and He did so through the cursed blessed cross.

This was the outpouring of His wrath, and it needed to be brought to completion.  That is the idea behind "τετέλεσται."  Just as other cultures had filled up on the measure of God’s wrath before God acted in His righteousness, so did Jesus fill up on the full measure of the wrath of God due to sin.  This is so amazing for every believer in Christ.  Take a moment to think about what Jesus accomplished at the cross on your behalf.  During the years of the Great Tribulation, God will pour out His wrath upon the world in response to thousands of years’ worth of sin and rebellion against Him.  The Bible speaks of unfathomable times of trouble as seeming comets or asteroids fall from the heavens, the waters of the earth are poisoned, demonic armies run amok, and billions of people die.  And those troubles are only a down-payment upon what awaits people who die still in their sins against God.  The Bible consistently describes Hell as a place of torment and darkness, and the effects of this Hell lasts into eternity.  That is what awaits every single human being, apart from the miraculous intervention of Jesus Christ.

And Jesus did intervene!  That was what happened at the cross!  All of the infinitude of the earned wrath of our Holy God (the terribleness of the Great Tribulation and the eons upon eons in Hell) was all wrapped up on that single day that God the Son hung dying upon the cross. …  What was accomplished?  Among other things, the wrath of God!  It was brought to completion – it was finished when Jesus gave His life for you & me!
  

  • “ …that the Scripture might be fulfilled…” The result.

What Scriptures needed to be fulfilled?  There is certainly a specific Scripture in mind here, but in the greater context of vs. 28 of all things now being accomplished, there were all kinds of Scripture that were fulfilled!  Time is far too short to go through a comprehensive listing.  There are over 300 prophecies that relate directly to the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of the Messiah, and Jesus fulfills all of them.  This in itself is a powerful proof of Jesus’ identity, evidence of the truth of the gospel.  The possibility of any single person randomly fulfilling even 10 of the various prophecies is astronomical – to fulfill all 300+ is a statistical impossibility.  And yet that is exactly what Jesus does!

Prophecies regarding His ministry:  Jesus’ whole life had led up to this point.  Everything that the Father had desired for Jesus to do had to have been accomplished, and it was.

  • He had come unto His own, but His own had rejected Him. Isa 53:3, Jn 1:11
  • He taught and spoke only what His Father had commanded Him to speak. Deut 18:18, Jn 12:49
  • He had taught in parables, hiding the truth from those who were hardened to God, but revealing it to those who were humble. Isa 6:9-10, Mt 13:13
  • He had come preaching the gospel of the kingdom, given sight to the blind, opened the ears of the deaf, proclaimed liberty to the captives. Isa 61:1, Lk 4:18
  • He proclaimed the salvation of God not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles of the world. Isa 49:6, Acts 11:18

Prophecies regarding His death:  For Jesus to be conclusively demonstrated as the Messiah, then He needed to have every single prophecy regarding the Messiah fulfilled…including those prophecies about the death of the Messiah over which Jesus would seemingly have no control.  Think about that for a moment.  There are many things a person could have done to try to show the fulfillment of a few prophecies about the life of the Messiah.  Anyone could ride into Jerusalem upon a donkey.  Anyone could teach in parables, etc.  But there are few scenarios over which a person has little to no control: the circumstances of birth & death.  And yet Jesus fulfilled them all!  Just in regards to His day of death, the Bible laid forth many requirements in prophecy: (HT: New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, McDowell)

  • Messiah would be betrayed.  Ps 41:9, Jn 13:18
  • Messiah would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.  Zech 11:12, Mt 26:15
  • Those same pieces of silver would be thrown into the temple & used to buy a potter’s field.  Zech 11:13, Mt 27:5-7
  • Messiah would be forsaken by His disciples.  Zech 13:7, Mk 14:50
  • Messiah would be silent in front of His accusers.  Isa 53:7, Mt 27:12
  • Messiah would be physically ravaged (scourged).  Isa 53:5, Mt 27:26
  • Messiah would be beaten & spat upon.  Isa 50:6, Mt 26:67
  • Messiah would be mocked. Ps 22:7-8, Mt 27:29
  • Messiah would be crucified.  Ps 22:16, Lk 23:33
  • Messiah would have His garments gambled for.  Ps 22:18, Jn 19:23-24
  • Messiah would be thirsty & given vinegar (sour wine).  Ps 69:21, Jn 19:28  This is the specific Scripture in mind in the immediate context of vs. 28.  This in itself is pretty amazing from a prophetic point-of-view.  We might be able to understand how God would prophesy of the details surrounding the death of His Son, but this is almost minutia – this is tiny.  Who pays attention as to what someone drinks when so much other stuff is going on?  Yet God leaves out none of the details, including this one detail about Jesus being despised even in what He was given to drink (the worst of the wine – the stuff that was spoiling).  This smallest of details is still incredibly important, adding to the already tremendous weight of evidence pointing to Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.  (One final thought here…this was the last prophecy that needed to be fulfilled prior to Jesus’ death.  All things had come to fulfillment, and Jesus did this last.  He left nothing undone!  It is finished!)

And that’s just a partial listing!  There were prophecies about His bones remaining unbroken, about dying among the criminals, about darkness being cast over the land, about being buried in the tomb of a rich man, and many more.  Jesus perfectly fulfilled them all.

Prophecies regarding the atonement:  Jesus did indeed die, but His death had a purpose.  When we speak of the death of Jesus, it’s not like other people who have died.  After all, everyone dies.  Some people even die sacrificially for others, showing a love for them that can be surpassed by none among men.  Yet even then, that person was still going to die anyway.  That person is still under the curse of sin, still having sins of his/her own against Almighty God.  Not Jesus.  Jesus did not die for Himself.  He was born completely free from the stain of sin, and He lived a life perfect unto God.  If there was ever one person in all of history that never HAD to die, it was Jesus.  Yet it was His death that He specifically came to accomplish.  This was the reason for His incarnation, which we remember at Christmas.  This was the whole point of His earthly ministry – everything led up to this point. 

  • He came to give His life as a ransom for many (Hos 13:14, Mt 20:28). 
  • He served as the perfect Passover sacrifice for sin (Exo 12:23, Jn 1:29). 
  • He substituted Himself in our place…  Isaiah 53:4–6, "(4) Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. (5) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (6) All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."  []  This is exactly what the NT affirms when it tells us that God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21)  Jesus was our grand substitute.

  

  • “ I thirst!” The agony.

Although today is a day of celebration as we remember Jesus’ victory, we cannot forget the suffering that Jesus endured.  We’ve already seen how even the suffering of Jesus was all included in prophecy about the Messiah.  God Himself would suffer on behalf of His people in the process of physically experiencing the fullness of His own righteous wrath.

Jesus had known what was to be involved.  Back in the Garden of Gethsemane the night prior, He fully anticipated what awaited Him, and prayed that if there was any other way that God the Father would take the cup of suffering away from Him (Mk 14:36).  So much did it weigh upon the Lord Jesus that the blood vessels in His forehead broke & He sweat drops of blood (Lk 22:44).  That physical condition is known as hematidrosis, and although rare, it’s been recorded several times through history & well-documented in cases of people undergoing severe stress.  As God the Son, Jesus is just as omniscient as God the Father – there was no question or doubt as to what Jesus would physically endure.  We might look ahead to a time of certain suffering, but yet not fully realize the extent that we will face – Jesus had no such uncertainty.  He knew the full extent of what it would mean to have His beard ripped from His face, thorns shoved into His scalp, His back flayed open like hamburger, have spikes rip through His flesh, and to hang by His body weight upon the cross for hours on end.  There was no hiding any of that from the all-knowing Lord Jesus.

Beyond the physical suffering, there was the spiritual suffering that was to be endured by Jesus.  For the first (and only) time in all history, the Perfect Holy Son of God would actually become sin.  The only person (ever!) who had never committed a single sin in all His life & who had actually existed from eternal past in perfect holy purity, now had all the sin of every single human in all of history upon His shoulders.  Billions of people in humanity (past & future) – horrendous sins that range from little white lies to the worst of murderous perversions and genocide – ALL of that rested upon Jesus.  God’s only begotten Son became sin, and although impossible to try to imagine, surely Jesus for a brief moment became abhorrent in the sight of God the Father.  That was the moment that Jesus cried out the words of Psalm 22 written hundreds of years prior, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

This was the worst of agonies placed upon the best of Persons, and yet Jesus still did it.  He could have refused.  He had every right to refuse.  He didn’t have to take on a single sin of a single soul, yet He did it all for everyone.  This is the love of Christ Jesus for you & for me.  Romans 5:8, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." []

The agony of the cross does not only proclaim the wrath of God that is due our sin, but also of the love of God for every man, woman, and child in history.  Both are clearly seen.  In His holiness, God simply had to respond to sin.  He could not allow it to continue unanswered.  But God could have allowed each of us to experience the fullness of His wrath.  God is under no obligation to save anyone.  He loves His Son with a love that is incomprehensible to any of us.  He loves His Son with a love that has existed from eternity past.  He had no reason to extend His love to any of us.  None, that is, except His own glory.  The love of God for His fallen creation serves to magnify the grace of God…it brings Him glory.  And thus His love for us is on full display at the cross.  He did not love us because we deserve it; God loves us in spite of the fact that we absolutely do not deserve it.  It is the purest of loves, it is the rarest of loves, and it is the love that is made available to every single person when he/she puts his faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
  

  • “ It is finished!” The declaration.

Here again is the wonderful word, τετέλεσται .  What Jesus realized in vs. 28 He now declares to all who were witnesses in vs. 30. Only one word was uttered, and that was all that was needed.  It is the declaration by the authoritative God that all the requirements of the law had been fulfilled – that the fullness of the wrath of God had been poured out – that the things Jesus had come to do were now complete.  All things were done, and the only Person who could possibly announce its completion did so. 

Even in this single utterance, He show us great grace.  How so?  We need to know that it is finished!  Jesus obviously did not state this for Himself; He knew what He had accomplished.  Jesus didn’t need to state this for God the Father; obviously God already knew.  Jesus stated this for us & for all the world.  When someone commits a crime, and is somehow shown mercy by the court, that final ruling still needs to be announced.  Otherwise, the specter of punishment still hangs over the person and nothing is resolved.  That is partly what happened here with Jesus.  God announced the completion, and thus announced the finality of His act of mercy and grace.  The ultimate Judge of all the universe made His ruling known.

Now no one needs to wonder if their sins are paid for.  No one needs to wonder if they have truly been saved by the grace of God.  Those who look to Christ Jesus for their salvation can truly know that they have been saved, because Jesus has fulfilled everything needed to be fulfilled.  It is finished – τετέλεσται!

At the same time, this also shows that people who do not look to Christ for their forgiveness and eternal salvation do not have that same hope.  Who else could give them the assurance that “it is finished?”  Not Moses…Moses just announced the requirements of the law, and pointed people to the mercy and grace of God that had already been seen & that which was still to come.  Not Mohammed…that was a man too deeply involved in his own sin listening to his own demons, who didn’t even attempt to offer fulfillment of the law (only adding more legalism).  Not Buddha…Buddha looked inwardly to himself for enlightenment, but that does nothing to take care of the weight of sin that still hangs over every man and woman.  No one & nothing offers the hope of salvation that Jesus offers.  Not even all of the modern materialistic philosophies of men are able to replace what Jesus alone gives us at the cross.  After all, pretending eternity does not exist does not wish it away.  Closing one’s eyes to the reality of God does not make Him disappear.  We must open our eyes – we must look to Christ as the Son of God lifted up upon the cross for us, and in Him place all of our hope for salvation.  He is the only One who can tell us that all things have been finished!

How do we know that it is finished?  The resurrection!  This is the reason we come to celebrate today, but not just today – every time the church gathers together is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The fact that we meet on Sunday for worship rather than Saturday (the Sabbath) is itself a declaration of the resurrection of Jesus.  His work at the cross is sufficient for us to find our rest in Him, proven through His Sunday resurrection.  What does the resurrection tell us?

  • It is the definitive proof that Jesus is God.  Romans 1:3–4, "(3) concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, (4) and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead."  How else could it have been done?  Other people have been raised from the dead in the past, but always at the hand of another prophet (or by Jesus Himself).  No one was involved in Jesus’ resurrection except God.
  • It is proof that Jesus came in the power of God. Acts 2:22–24, "(22) “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— (23) Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (24) whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it."
  • It is proof that God will one day judge the world through Jesus.  Acts 17:30–31, "(30) Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, (31) because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”"
  • It is the assurance that our sins have been completely paid for.  1 Peter 1:18–21, "(18) knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, (19) but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (20) He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you (21) who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God."
  • It is the assurance that we have been justified (made righteous) in the sight of God.  Romans 4:23–25, "(23) Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, (24) but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, (25) who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification."
  • It is the proof that our faith is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:17–19, "(17) And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! (18) Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. (19) If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable."
  • It is the assurance of our own eternity with Christ & own future resurrection.  1 Corinthians 15:20–23, "(20) But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (21) For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. (22) For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (23) But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming."

Blessed resurrection!  Blessed assurance!  We can know that all these things are finished because Jesus is risen.

Keep in mind, “finished” means “finished.”  When Jesus declared His work to be done, that means He accomplished all that was necessary.  This is not something that we need to add to – indeed, there’s nothing that we could add at all!  There are no works that we could do in a purgatory between heaven and earth that would somehow complete what Jesus left undone because Jesus left nothing undone.  There is nothing we could do in this life to somehow add to Jesus’ work at the cross & resurrection because that would imply that Jesus’ work was insufficient.  When Jesus died for us, He did ALL that was necessary.  The only thing we can “do” is simply respond to His work through faith and belief. 

That’s not to say that once someone says they believe in Christ they have license to go off & do whatever they want to do.  Perish the thought!  If someone desires to use the grace of Christ as permission to sin as much as they can and still get a “get out of hell free” card, then they haven’t understood Jesus at all.  Our lives change when we come to faith in Christ.  How so?  Simple: we’ve come in contact with a living Person.  Faith is not some idea, philosophy, or ethic – faith is an active trust in the Living God.  It’s not a prayer that we repeat once (or several times), never to consider again – it is throwing everything we have onto the Lord, trusting Him as someone would trust a parachute with all their life.  We cling close to Him, knowing that we have no hope without Him, and all eternal assurance in Him.  Someone cannot have that kind of relationship with the Lord Jesus and remain unchanged.  It simply isn’t possible.

But when we respond to Jesus’ work through faith – when we respond to Him, everything changes!  We go from death to life, from sinner to saint, from accursed of God to blessed of God – all in a moment, all because of the grace of Jesus Christ.  Every sin that we ever committed is forgiven.  Every sin that we will yet commit still finds its answer in Christ (and our forgiveness is assured as we confess to Him – 1 Jn 1:9).  Our hope, our life, our eternity – everything is assured in Jesus.  Why?  Because “it is finished.

Conclusion:
There are many marvelous words in the pages of the Bible, but these three are surely some of the best.  One word in Greek, one simple statement in English: “It is finished.”  Jesus did the work at the cross, fulfilling all of the Scriptures and all of the eternal plan of God.  Jesus declared it to the world, so that we would know that the work had been completed.  Our assurance of all of it?  Jesus’ physical resurrection from the dead.  Because Jesus lives, we can know beyond a shadow of all doubt that what Jesus said was true, and what Jesus did was sufficient.  On the basis of His resurrection, everything changes.

What is your response to that today?  As a believer in Christ, how should we respond to Jesus’ declaration of completion and remembrance of His resurrection?

  • Worship!  This is our first and most natural response!  That our hearts would be lifted towards our King, and our voices erupt in praise!  This is what Jesus deserves, and there is hardly a better reason to give Him praise than when we remember that our sins are forgiven and that He is risen from the dead.
  • Remember that your sins have been paid for.  Like an accounts receivable invoice receiving the “paid in full” stamp, so Jesus said “It is finished,” and there is nothing left to be done.  Christians so often unduly live lives full of guilt, when there is absolutely no reason for it.  Obviously it hurts us when we sin against our Savior (who would want to do such a thing?), but we don’t need to live in guilt.  It’s finished – it’s paid for.  Continue to rest and hope in the grace of Christ Jesus…that is the very reason He died.
  • Recommit.  Sometimes we need a turning point.  Anyone can get off-track every now and again.  We’ll find ourselves engaging in old habits, even while knowing Jesus saved us out of that mess.  Today can be the day it changes.  It’s easy to tell ourselves, “Eventually I’ll stop doing what I’m doing and start living for the Lord the way I know I need to.”  What can be difficult is actually deciding that today is the day to do it.
  • Tell others.  This news is far too good to keep to ourselves.  People need to know that the forgiveness of God is available, and that it comes by faith in Christ.  Who in your family still needs to hear the good news?  Who among your friends?  There is hardly any better time of the year than the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection to tell them what the resurrection of Jesus makes available.

If you’re not yet a believer in Jesus, what are you waiting for?  You’ve heard how Jesus has made the provision for your sin, according to the eternal plan of God.  You’ve heard how Jesus has declared that the work is finished & shows Himself to be the hope of all the world.  Today can be the day that you stop striving against God, and experience His love, grace, and forgiveness.  Respond to Jesus Christ today in faith.  To know of the complete forgiveness that Jesus offers and yet still turn away from Him would be beyond tragic…something that would be regretted for all of eternity.  Today, you have the opportunity to be forever saved.  Come to Christ & receive of His finished work!

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Comments
  1. Marilyn burns says:

    Great message today!

  2. timburns says:

    Thanks!

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