When God sent His son to reconcile humankind to Himself, He did not cause the crucifixion to happen. It was a cruel and torturous act conducted by wicked people, and God does not participate in sin. Nevertheless, God knew that, because of the things Jesus would speak, He would be rejected and His mission of sacrifice would take place, given the intolerance and cruelty of the Roman occupation.
As the blood of Jesus was spilt on the cross, He became the innocent and perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world. Previously, a sin offering would be an animal such as a sheep, a bull or a goat, but this time it was God Himself – God the Son – come to earth as a 100% human to be a once-and-for-all sacrifice. Jesus suffered a lengthy and excruciating death. Worst of all, at the moment he took our sins on his body, Jesus was temporarily separated from the fellowship he had experienced with His Father. It was during that dark time of loneliness that He cried out in great agony as he experienced—for the first time in all eternity—this broken fellowship.
Jesus cried out once more and these were His last words on the cross.
“It Is Finished!”
With that, he bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30
It was a cry of obedience, accomplishment and victory! The sins of man were paid for in full. The salvation of humankind was not the end of God’s story though. There is more to follow, in which we would be invited to participate.
To be continued
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