“And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.” (Mark 15:37)
It’s Friday in the last week of Jesus. Today would be his last day—in fact before the day ends he would be crucified. All the unfolding events in the past 5 days were leading up to what would suffice today.
Jesus’s birth and life were about this day. His miraculous birth and perfect life were all part of a mission in preparation for what was to happen today.
All people are born in sin. The reason for our natural birth with sin is due to the fact that Adam and Eve sinned against an infinitely holy God. And as their posterity, we bear the consequences of their failing. God being so holy and just, he cannot pass over sin, otherwise, he wouldn’t be a just God.
Due to our continual failure to reconcile with him, God out of his love for us sent his Son who would live a perfect life of total obedience to him. Jesus is the Son of God who lived a perfect life that we couldn’t and died a shameful death that we deserved. On the third day, he resurrected, and it’s through having faith in him alone that we can be reconciled to God.
When Jesus hung on that cross, it was all about you. On that cross, it was Jesus in your place. All of history was leading up to that moment, and his crucifixion wasn’t a mistake. It had to happen. This event’s account from John 19:30 indicates that “when Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
The words “It is finished,” indicates Jesus’s completion of his earthly mission as commissioned by his Father. On that cross, it was supposed to be us, but Jesus took our place. Today we can stand assured of our salvation because of the great exchange that took place at Golgotha. By holding fast to the finished work of Christ, we can stand firm in the reconciliation we have with a holy God.
- Read and meditate on John 19:28-30. Think about the implications of this passage.