March 25, 2106
“After he took the wine, Jesus said, “It’s done … complete.” Bowing his head, he offered up his spirit.” John 19:30 MSG
It happened so fast. The accusers went silent.. probably with disgust and a silent sense of victory. The troublemaking rabbi was no more.The sign read King of the Jews above his head. His kingdom reign was over. This so called MESSIAH was no more. There was your proof. His heart had stopped. No oxygen went into his body. He wasn’t breathing. All cellular activity ceased. He was dead. Just another deserving crucified lawbreaker. There would be no more miracles .. no more healing .. no more anything. Jesus died “today” for you. It doesn’t matter how much or how little is in your life. His death covers it all. He died for all your stubborn and willful resistance. He died so you could finally release it. He offered up his spirit. He surrendered his life so you could surrender yours. Yes … it was a long time ago. But His death is as real today as it was 2000 years ago. And if you see it as past .. then you may miss the glorious gift of His death today. He died once .. and only once .. forever .. for you .. and anyone who accepts His Death as the final death of their old .. sin-worn .. sin-scarred life. A definable death opens a world of indefatigable grace. His was and is as an old preacher once wrote: The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. His death for your life. God planned it perfectly. And it happened so fast. He died for you “today”. Let it sink in. “Sundays coming”! It only takes a moment….
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.” 1901 American Standard
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent 2000 years later to the Jesus Resurrection Family. Thanks to John Owen and Tony Campolo who follow this Jesus. (firstname.lastname@example.org)