Finished! Done! Complete! That is what Jesus said from the cross. The work of redemption is over. The price for sin is paid in full. Jesus did for us what we can not do for ourselves. This truth sets Christianity apart from all other religions that tell us what we have to do. Christ has done it all for us. He invites us to believe and follow Him.
Jesus was innocent. Pilate, the Roman governor, said Jesus was not guilty. But Jesus was sentenced to die on a Roman cross. Why? Because we’re guilty. We have all sinned by disobeying God. The price for sin is death. Jesus was sentenced to die in our place, for our sins. So now when God looks at us, he sees us through Jesus and declares us Not Guilty. We are forgiven and set free from the judgment for our sins by faith in Jesus.
I’ve always found it fascinating that when the crowd came to arrest him and Jesus identified himself, the crowd fell down. Jesus said “I am he,” and they fell. Then they let Jesus’ disciples go free. Adam and Eve fell into sin. Jesus took the fall for sin to set us free from sin and death. He didn’t fall into the hands of the people who came to arrest him, he freely went with them and freely gave up his life to set us free.
May 29 — John 18:1-27
30th — John 18:28 – 19:16
31st — John 19:17-42
June 1. John 20:1-31
June 2. John 21:1-25
June 3. Acts 1:1-26
June 4. Acts 21:1-42
June 5. Acts 2:43-3:26
June 6. Acts 4:1-37
7. Acts 5:1-32
Jesus prayed that his followers would be one, united in him.He prayed for unity, not uniformity. Christians are united in faith. But we are and can be very different people. We don’t have to look the same or speak the same way. But we do need to all trust and follow Jesus. That will set us apart from those who don’t believe or follow Jesus. Jesus unites us in faith and sets us apart as his people in our world today.
In a world that thinks that truth is relative and everyone can decide the truth for themselves, Jesus not only says that He is the truth. But he also promises to send the Holy Spirit to his followers so that they will know the truth. We can fool ourselves into thinking that we can make up our own truth. But that doesn’t work. God’s Word and Spirit are true and truthful. We need to read God’s Word and listen to the guidance of His Spirit.
I have been working in the yard this Memorial Day weekend, pulling out weeds and trimming trees. The branches that get cut off die. Jesus says that we have to stay connected to Him and his Spirit to live. We can’t cut ourselves off from the Lord. That’s why I try to start my days by spending some quiet time to read the Bible and pray. It helps me stay connected to the Lord.
At his last meal with his disciple, Jesus gave them two important promises recorded in our ready today. He said he would not leave them orphaned, but would come again. He came back to the disciples Easter evening. He also promised to send the Holy Spirit. He came fifty days later on Pentecost. We are not alone. God is with us to help us.
Jesus makes a very important and exclusive claim when He says the He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father and receives eternal life without Him. Why? Because Jesus does what we can’t do for ourselves. He paid the price for our sins. All other religions tell us what we have to do. Jesus said it is finished. The price for sin is paid in full.
On the not of the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciples feet. He was their servant that night. The next day Jesus would die on the cross, fulfilling the word of the Prophet Isaiah in his “Suffering Servant” passages. (Isaiah chapters 42,52, 53) The disciples wet feet were a reminder of God’s love for them. God loves us too and washes away our sins.