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Your Salvation Is Finished!

April 20, 2019

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Good Friday                                              Trinity Lutheran Church

19 April 2019                                            Murdock, NE

 

+ Jesu Juva +

John 19:17-30

 

“‘It is finished.’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”

 

What is finished? What has Jesus accomplished in His Good Friday death on the cross? I’m so glad you asked. I have the answer for you. And it is the salvational answer.

 

With the sermon “It is finished,” Jesus preaches that He has perfectly done what He came to do. He has finished His very good work of salvation for you with His death on the cross.

 

This is what it takes to save sinners. Only God saves. So, Son of God Jesus rolls up His sleeves and does what needs to be done to redeem sinners and fully atone for their sin.

 

On the cross Jesus bears in His body the world’s sin and all its hellish damnation. Even though He never sinned “the LORD laid on him the iniquity of us all,” (Is. 53:6). God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin,” (2 Cor. 5) and “made Him to be a curse,” (Gal. 3:13).

 

This is the utter agony of the cross. It’s more than the physical pain even though this was cruel and brutal. The deepest anguish that Jesus suffers on the cross is not the swollen tongue, eyes, mouth, broken teeth, lacerated back, pummeled body, the crown of thorns or nails piercing His hands and feet. The profoundest pain is expressed when Jesus cries out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt. 27) which is Psalm 22.

 

Was there ever grief like this? No. Jesus, God’s Son, is left alone with the world’s sin in order to answer for it all. He experiences God-forsakenness because He carries and answers for the sin of the world in His crucified body.

 

Do you understand what this means? It means that in your place Jesus takes the paycheck your sin has earned: death and damnation. All your sin and all the death and damnation it earned is His! It means that Jesus was treated as the sinner. It means that He was damned as the sinner. It means that all your sin and every bit of its condemnation no longer belong to you. Seriously!

 

Tell me. What sin of yours did Jesus not answer for? What sin of yours did Jesus exclude from His dying? Can you name any? Of course you can’t! When He preached, “It is finished,” He proclaimed, “All your sin I’ve died for! All your sin I’ve atoned for!”

 

“It is finished” then means that you are totally forgiven. Of everything! You are saved from death and hell. “It is finished” means that Jesus, all by Himself, did everything that needed to be done to redeem you and atone for all your sin.

 

“It is finished” means that He drank the cup that the Father set before Him. On the cross He drains the cup of suffering for all sin and all its hellacious consequences. On the cross He drinks the cup of God’s wrath against every sin and sinner dry.

 

Now wonder we call this day on which Jesus died “good.” It’s very good! For you! Your salvation is finished. It’s certain and sure. Jesus says so. Jesus promises.

 

In the Name of Jesus.

 

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