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It is finished!

Good Friday, remembered two days ago, was the darkest day in all of history. The disciples had bolted, Judas had killed himself, Jesus had been scourged and beaten, forced to drag the implement of his death, stripped, spiked to “the tree”, and hung above the ground to be pitied or ridiculed by friend and foe. The forces of darkness celebrated. The Father turned as Jesus took my sin upon Himself – “Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?”.

And then Jesus uttered, “It is finished” and gave up the last bit of human life in him.

The third day started almost as badly as Good Friday ended. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” says Mary Magdalene.

Jesus body had been stolen, but not by the Romans or His earthly enemies. The Spirit of God raised Him from the dead, glorified to victory and life forever. The disciples see Jesus and now our Lord's statement, "it is finished", is clear. God had crushed sin and death by experiencing it in our place! There was forgiveness of sin for those who believe on His name, and life everlasting on the other side, proven by Christ, conquering firstborn from the dead. And now, the forces of darkness trembled...

In light of the miracle of Easter, how will I live the rest of my days? Will I please my Savior or go my own way? Shall I put my faith and trust in The ONE who gave His all for me? Shall I ask the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead for the power to live more each day in a way that exalts God? Shall I live a life that says, “Thank you” for the writ of pardon issued to me? Join me in recommitting to Him, repenting and believing, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

He is risen!


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