Summary: What was begun before the creation of the world was now finished. God’s redemptive plan. But it was also the beginning for whosoever will.
It was just the beginning for me
One thing that we must realize today is that God loves us. It doesn’t matter what size or what color you are. God loves you. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how young you are, God still loves us. He loves you and I so much that he sent his only begotten son, Jesus, to die on the cross of Calvary. 2nd Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but he is longsuffering toward us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” I’m glad this morning that God doesn’t want anyone of us to perish. I’m glad this morning that God does not want any of us to die and go to hell.
There is one reason why Jesus Christ came into this world and one reason only and that was to bring us to God. He introduced us to God. God sent his Son because he didn’t want you and I to die and go to hell. He doesn’t want you, He doesn’t want your children, your parents, your sisters and brothers and friends, nor your co-workers to go to hell. Arent’ you glad this morning that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that shosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. He did not come here to judge you because of how you look. He did not come to judge you because of what you done in the past. He did not come to judge you because of how you act. Christ didn’t come ot codmen the world but he came to save the world. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad about that today.
The words “It is Finished,” finalized Salvation. Jesus finalized salvation for all mankind. His work on the cross is singular. It stands alone. These three words was his cry of victory. They thought that they had got rid of Jesus, but God said, “Oh No, he’s just getting started. They thought that they had an execution, but God said, Oh No, It’s a coronation. They thought that they had pulled the savior down, but God raised him up. They thought that it was finished. But God, said oh “No” it is just the beginning. I’m glad that it was just the beginning for me. Jesus finalized Salvation for the world in three words “It Is Finished”.
The bible says that He bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. He was voluntary in dying. His life was not forceibly taken from him but he gave it up. He said, Father into thy hands, I commit my spirit.
What was begun before the creation of the world was now finished. God’s redemptive plan. He left nothing undone. He left nothing to add, nor did he leave anything to take away. He left nothing undone. It was finished.
Hebrews 9:12:14 says, “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once unto the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (13) For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; (14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
This verse tells us that Jesus Christ who was the perfect high priest, did not sacrifice the blood of animals for the sins of man; He sacrificed his own blood. I heard somebody say the other day that his blood reaches to the highest mountain and it flows to the lowest valley. And one thing about it, it will never loose it’s power. The blood has power to pick men up and turn them around. It has power to plant your feet on higher ground. It has power to change you. It has that transforming power. It has that regeneration power. It has that Overcoming power.
He offered up His life as a sacrifice to God. Jesus bore the guilt and judgment for the sins of man. Why would he do this? Because he loves us. Somebody said, “I don’t know why Jesus loves me” I don’t know why he cares. I don’t know why he sacrificed his life for me, but I’m glad that he did.
Jesus Chris, the perfect High Priest, entered into the Holy of Holies of heaven himself. But Note: he had to enter only once. The earthly high Priest had to make continued sacrifice. He had to do it over and over again. But Jesus Christ made one sacrifice for the whole world. His sacrifice was the perfect and ideal sacrifice.