“It is finished.” —John 19:30

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. —Isaiah 53:4-5

He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. —I John 2:2

The physical brutality taken out on Jesus could be seen, but the spiritual torment for sin we cannot truly fathom. Not only did He take the punishment for sin— the whole world’s sin of all time— but He also “ took up our pain and bore our suffering”— the whole world’s pain and suffering.

When we consider that one sin would bring an eternal condemnation and yet Jesus took the pain, suffering and judgment for all sin for all time. This is a Truth hard for us to even begin to fully understand. We can never fully understand it this side of glory.

“It is finished!” The sin debt has been paid and now “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13). But… “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15). Will we proclaim the finished work of Jesus so others can be forgiven, come into relationship with God through His Son, serve Him now and be in glory with Him one day? Will we today?

Dear Father, may I be faithful in proclaiming the message that “It is finished” and now “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Yes, may I proclaim this message in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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