It Is Finished


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They are there….with majority in waves of orange uniforms, some in green, and still, others who are more dangerous clad in red. Housed in different cells, different units. Imprisoned for the crimes they had committed: robbery, rape, murder, battery and other things. Even inside, they still try to rule. Some, hungry for power, intimidate the new comers and try to manipulate them to do things for their purpose. It is sickening. It seems never ending.

Only for me to step out of those prison walls, into a bigger prison. We are no different than those incarcerated inmates imprisoned with our sins. Some in deeper traps: bondages.

But 2,000 years ago, out of love, Jesus yelled before dying: “It is finished”….

Sin is a no-laughing matter. Sins should grieve our souls because of what Jesus did. Out of His love for us. This is the reason why Jesus came and became the ultimate sacrifice for humanity’s sins. He took all of our baggage. And put it on His own. He became the payment for the penalty we deserved. It is God’s plan, long ago. In order for us to be saved from going into hell.

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike your heel.” - Genesis 3:15...

It is finished…on Jesus’ part. He fulfilled His work, His mission to save humanity from sins. He never gave up. He never quit the race He was in. Instead of people being drawn to the prince of this world, people would be drawn to Jesus as Lord of their lives. Jesus took away the sins of the world. He made life available to the full. And upon His death, Jesus became the ladder between heaven and earth.

John 1:51 - “The truth is, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down upon the Son of Man.” [NIV]

It is finished…It was not a cry of defeat but of victory instead…And through Jesus’ victory, we became victorious as well.

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13

But it is not finished…on our part. We are all running a race in this life’s journey. Because of our faith in Jesus, we will also face many obstacles. We will experience different degrees of hardships. Will we be able to say “it is finished!” at the end? Will we be able to say what Paul said?:

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me - the crown of righteousness that the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that great day of His return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to His glorious return.” - 2 Timothy 4:7-8

In this world full of many prisons, housing many hurting sinners who haven’t come to realize what Jesus did on the cross, we, believers, are running that race to share His cries of victory among those lost and still living defeated lives: “It is finished!”

Love is the essence of God’s law. Love was displayed on the cross. Love claimed victory. Now that the debt had been paid, we, followers of Christ, are under obligation not to fall into the same trap of sins and to share His love.

“8Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” - Romans 13:8

27 comments:

  1. It is absolutely finished! Thank God!! I celebrate, as much as I can, the resurrection each day. Therefore, this coming Lord's Day will be no different to me than any other Lord's Day that the body is privilged to gather together. You have a great post today!

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  2. Stopped in to say I love you my friend and I am filled to the brim once again.

    "Love is the essence of God’s law. Love was displayed on the cross. Love claimed victory. Now that the debt had been paid, we, followers of Christ, are under obligation not to fall into the same trap of sins and to share His love." I could not have said this any better than you have here.

    All praise, honor and glory are yours Almighty Father forever and ever more. Oh how I love you so. The cross...so vitally important in our every second, every minute, every day walk in this life time. Thank you sweet Jesus. Thank you with all of my mind, heart and soul.

    {{{Big Hugs}}}
    Alleluiabelle

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  3. Rosel, this is such an awesome post! It made me think of the song "It Is Finished". I am going to post the video on my blog for you in just a few minutes.

    You are such a blessing to me! I thank God everyday for allowing us to cross paths. May God richly bless you, my precious friend!

    PS: I did smile at your comment. When you and I get to heaven, let's look up Eve and have a nice talk with her. You wanna? :D

    Love you, sister! *huge hugs*

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  4. That is so true. His part is finished but ours has just begun as we take every thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of His finished work captive and stand in the depth of the Truth that His Good News brings to us. We have opportunity to stand in His Truth and temptation to fall prey to the lies of the enemy every single day of our lives. Our part is a daily dependence upon Jesus Christ to bring forth the fruit of our faith as evidence of His power in our lives. He is so good!

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  5. Just when I was ready to pull the covers over my head....I find this motivating post. He is not done with me and I can NOT give up. HE will do the work in and through me....praise GOD...the victory is HIS.
    Hugs, andrea

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  6. Rosel,

    What a great race it will be when each and every one of us crosses over that finish line known as the gate of Heaven. Then we can truly say as we fall into our Saviors arms, It is finished!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  7. This post filled me to overflowing, bless you sis.

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  8. I'm so grateful that He uttered those three words, "It is finished." I want to fight a good fight, because of how He fought (and continues to) for me. And I love this song by Chris Tomlin.

    Hugs,
    Lisa

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  9. I'm so thankful for Jesus and His love.Without Him where would I be.I guess my work is not finished yet.

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  10. Finished! I just love what an awesome God and His incredible love for us. Though I do not like the hard times of life, I do cherish them for I know the Lord will meet me and I get to see and experience more of him. Faithful. True. Loving. Transforming. Breathtaking. Peaceful. Freedom!

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  11. Oh Rosel....Praise HIM....It is Finished! What peace and joy in those words yet understanding the Price HE paid for us! He left it ALL on the Cross for us....done. forgotten. far as the east is from the west!

    Bless you my friend....I love you so! Paradise awaits and we will be walking with HIM in Eternity Praising HIM Forevermore!

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  12. I have thought also about my part and the finish line, especially when I lost a good friend to cancer this year. Her battle is over, mine continues in this journey with everyday challenges. His grace is amazing. I hope to finish well one day with His help.

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  13. beautiful post...and as usual you hit the mark right on. Praying you have the best Easter...remembering we are who we are b/c of who He is....Blessings. Sarah

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  14. This is a beautiful and powerful message Rosel.

    "It is finished" indeed. He has finished it for us and our part is to trust and obey Him and rejoice in His love and grace---living a life that witnesses our love and appreciation of HIM and sharing Him with others...

    Praise the LORD! Thank you for being a LIGHT FOR JESUS always!

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  15. Thank you Rosel for your encouragement. Great post. Blessings.

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  16. Yes, Jesus is the way, truth and life for us all.

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  17. So grateful that Jesus did finish God's work on the cross. I want to fulfill that "debt of love" by letting God love people through me.

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  18. Wonderful as always sweet Rosel. I am thankful that Jesus provided everything we need. Now WE just need to actively do our part.

    It is finished was a victory cry for sure!

    Bless you dear friend!
    Beth

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  19. Rosel, I am honored to have you follow my humble little blog. I look forward to visitig you often. Dee

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  20. How pleasantly surprised i am to find that you had a makeover to your blog. It's gorgeous.:)

    ~Silver

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  21. God's love is truly amazing....isn't it interesting that His love alone.. could not save us.

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  22. This was really a great message. You hit the nail on the head. May our Lord continue to be with you. God bless, Lloyd

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  23. Rosel,
    A beautiful and inspiring post,(as usual!) thank you. I am so grateful that God loved us so much that He gave his only Son for us.
    Thanks for stopping by and your nice comments.

    Blessings,
    Jean

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  24. Now, see? This is what happens when I have to work all the time....I miss everything. I love your post and love how Mom posted a song about it on her blog just for you. That's too cool!

    Great post! Oh, and I want to thank you for your congrats on me getting accepted at UGA.

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  25. GOOD MORNING SISTER ROSEL,

    EASTER GREETINGS FROM THE OLD GEEZER

    I PRAY YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY CELEBRATING RESURRECTION SUNDAY.

    HE IS RISEN!

    GOD BLESS YOU, RON

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  26. True words! thank you and God bless you. Have a blessed day!

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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