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After suffering on the cross for six hours, Jesus shouted, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). Everything that needed to be done to provide salvation had been accomplished.

When former President George W. Bush was asked about regrets during his presidency, Bush answered that he regrets speaking in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner just weeks after the invasion of Iraq. Bush said, "To some it said, well, Bush thinks the war in Iraq is over, when I didn't think that. But nonetheless, it conveyed the wrong message."

"It is finished!" did not send the wrong message. Christ's mission was accomplished!

On the cross, a "great exchange" (as Martin Luther liked to call it) took place. Jesus took our sin and gave us His righteousness (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:21).

(From a sermon by Jonathan McLeod, The Glorious Cross, 6/9/2010)

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