Friday, April 10, 2020

Daily Scripture - Apr 10

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
“Calvary is the very pivot of the world's history. All prior things pointed forward to it; and all subsequent things point back to it. Even the future rests upon it, for the redeemed in heaven find it the center of heaven as they behold a Lamb in the midst of the throne, ‘standing as though it had been slain.’” - Mrs. Jessie Penn-Lewis

“It is finished,” is probably the most critical sentence out of the seven last sayings of Christ from the cross. When Jesus said, "It is finished” (Tetelestai - “τετελέσται” in Greek), it was not a dying groan of pain, but rather Jesus speaking of the glorious truth that He had completely accomplished what the Lord had given Him to do (John 17:4). The work of the Incarnate Word had been completed:
Satan was defeated;
Every requirement of the Law was fulfilled and God’s holy wrath against sin has been satisfied;
By simply believing in Christ and receiving Him as Savior, not only are sinners reconciled with the holy God, but they are also united with Jesus Christ. They are called children of God and made co-heirs with Christ. Their joy is in the Lord.

Perhaps what is even more worth noting is that the original Greek word Tetelestai - τετελέσται actually means "it has been now and forever finished.” The word was also written on business receipts in New Testament times to indicate that a bill had been “paid in full.” Since Jesus proclaimed that God’s salvation plan is now and forever accomplished, we have the full assurance that our redemption is eternally secured. He left no unfinished business behind.

Hallelujah! It is finished …… indeed!
Try to recall the related prophecies from the Old Testament and teachings from the New Testament concerning what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Give praise and thanks to God as you meditate on them. Here are a few examples
Hebrews 10:12-14: But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
2 Corinthians 5:21: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Genesis 3:15b: He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.
Romans 3:24c-25a: ...Jesus Christ, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness.
Romans 6:10: For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
Hebrews 2:14-15: Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Our response:
Write out words of thanksgiving and praise for your salvation in Jesus Christ. Put it in your Bible so that it can remind you to be grateful for God.

Knowing that you stand in Jesus’ victorious position, look at your present circumstances and difficulties from a new perspective. Write down how looking at your present situation from a new perspective changes how you approach life. Share with another person.

Song: It is finished (V1, V2), Jesus Paid It All.


耶穌嘗了那醋,就說:“成了!”,便低下頭,將靈魂交付 神了。(約19:30)

「成了!」- 這也許是耶穌『十架七言』中最重要的一句話。當耶穌說「成了」的時候,不是一個將亡之人痛苦的呼號,而是這位偉大的救主在信心中發出的一個偉大的得勝宣告:「你所託付我的事,我已成全了。」(約17:4)。
滿足了所有律法的要求,並成為挽回祭來滿足聖潔的 神對罪的憤怒;
如今,每一個罪人藉著接受耶穌基督成為他個人的救主,就不僅僅可以與 神和好,更是與基督聯合成為 神的後裔,與基督同作後嗣,並以 神為樂。

或許更特別的是,中文的翻譯並沒有完全表達當時耶穌說這句話的意思。按著希臘原文- τετελέσται - 的意思,主耶穌救贖的工作不僅僅只是在那一刻『成了』,更是『一次而又永遠地』付清了所有的罪債!這個字在新約時代還代表了“所有的債務都付清了”。哈利路亞,讚美我們的救主耶穌基督!因為耶穌說:「成了」,我們的救恩永遠穩固,完全不需要再做什麼!
試著思想聖經中主要關於耶穌基督在十字架上所成就的舊約預言和新約的教導,並為此向 神獻上讚美與感恩。例如:

但基督獻了一次永遠的贖罪祭,就在 神的右邊坐下了。 從此等候祂仇敵成了祂的腳凳。 因為祂一次獻祭,便叫那得以成聖的人永遠完全。(來 10:12-14)
神使那無罪的,替我們成為罪,好叫我們在祂裡面成為 神的義。(林後5:21)
女人的後裔要傷你的頭;你要傷他的腳跟。(創 3:15b)
神設立耶穌作挽回祭,是憑著耶穌的血,藉著人的信,要顯明 神的義。(羅 3:25a)
祂死是向罪死了,只有一次;祂活是向 神活著。(羅 6:10)
兒女既同有血肉之體,祂也照樣親自成了血肉之體,特要藉著死,敗壞那掌死權的,就是魔鬼,並要釋放那些一生因怕死而為奴僕的人。(來 2:14-15)
用幾句話寫下為著耶穌基督十架救恩的感謝、讚美之言,將此字條夾在你的聖經中,成為你隨時的提醒與向 神的感恩。


詩歌:H196 主替我還清 , It is finished (V1, V2).

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