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Lamb of God Jesus’ “It Is Finished!”

April 19, 2014

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Good Friday

18 April 2014

 

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Lenten Theme:  “Behold the Lamb of God That Takes Away the Sin of the World!”

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 / John 19:17-30

 

John the Baptist points you to the crucified or sacrificed Lamb of God.  You’d think he’d point you to someone else or somewhere else.  After all, Jesus has been treated ruthlessly.  “Despised and rejected.” Beaten to a gory pulp.  Such treatment was for criminals and fools.[1]  He’s been mocked and spit upon.  That’s what you do to someone you hate in order to disgrace and humiliate him.[2]  And there He hangs!  Regarded as the worst of capitally punished criminals.

 

It’s not pretty.  Roman crucifixion is very nasty.  Cruel.  Vicious.  Appalling.  Isaiah spoke of this crucifixion this way.  The Messiah’s “appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness,” (Isaiah 52:14).

 

“Disfigured.”  That’s the Old Testament term for a “blemished animal” that could not be used in a sacrifice offered to the Lord.[3]   The brutality has been so severe – so intense – that Lamb of God Jesus is “marred beyond human likeness,” or as Psalm 22 declares he is, “a worm and not a man!”  Isaiah also put it this way:  “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”  “Like one from whom men hide their faces.”  Precisely.  The sight of this crucifixion repulses.  Disgusts.  Sickens.

 

And yet John points you exactly and only to the crucified.  No one else.  Nowhere else.  After all, in this hideous scene the almighty and saving, “arm of the Lord is revealed” and preached.  There is no other God than this man Jesus!

 

Sight, then, must give way to hearing.  Hearing the “message.”  The preaching of the crucified Lamb of God.  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

 

Jesus is that Lamb.  He is the bloody sacrifice by which God dwells among His sinners to be their God[4] in order to do the unthinkable – TO FORGIVE SINNERS.  And you qualify!  Here on the cross hangs the one and only sacrifice that atones for sinners.  Where God is FOR YOU the sinner.  In this hideous and scandalous death He “thirsts” to pull off the salvation of the world and FOR YOU.

 

Consequently, Lamb of God Jesus FOR YOU preaches.  From His pulpit – the cross.  The most important sermon you can ever hear.

 

He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Lamb of God proclaims from the cross.

 

“It is finished.”

 

There are no better words preached in the universe than those.

 

“It is finished.”

 

These are God’s words.  From God’s mouth.  Intended for you to hear.

 

“It is finished.”

 

He has finished what He came to do.  “Pierced for our transgressions.”  “Crushed for our iniquities.”  Laid on Him is the “the iniquity of us all.”  “Numbered with the transgressors” and bearing “the sin of many.”   He pulls off a Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world – “the source of eternal salvation” for you the sinner.

 

“It is finished.”

 

Sin – the biggest thing that is totally wrong with you – has been answered for.  It can no longer condemn you because it all got damned in this Lamb of God death.  All of sin’s sting – all of death’s power, all of Satan’s fury, and all of the Father’s wrath has been spent against the crucified Lamb of God.  All is now new.  The old has passed away.  Heaven and new life are yours.

 

Approach, then the “throne of grace confidently” in the Lord’s Supper this Easter Sunday.  Lamb of God Jesus gives you His Good Friday It Is Finished Full Of Mercy And Grace Body and Blood with the bread and wine.  All with the It Is Finished promise:  “given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sin.”  Again, the best preaching – the best words you’ll ever hear.  He gives you what He says.

 

“It is finished.”

 

His cry of victory is yours!  Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

 

[1]Proverbs 10:13; 19:29; 26:3; Matthew 27:26; John 19:1.

[2]Job 30:10; 17: 6; Deuteronomy 25:9; Matthew 27:30

[3]Leviticus 22:18-23; Malachi 1:14.

[4]Exodus 29:45-46.

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