John 19:30 (KJV) “It is finished.” Matthew 28:6 (KJV) “He has risen.”
Who would have thought that three words could change someone’s life? Growing up, the people closest to us often say to us, “I love you”. Those three words are some of the most powerful words in the world said in so many ways, be it audible or even just in actions. Jesus told us He loved us in His own way as He suffered the persecution and abuse He went through that day leading up to His death. At the end, when it was done, instead of saying, “I love you” like we do today, He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
With our God being a methodical God, He always has a plan. He has a strategic outline so that things will work out for the good. As we read in the scriptures, God wanted to start a new covenant in the world so He sent His son to be the ultimate sacrifice to break the barrier between Heaven and Earth that there would be no separation (Matthew 27:51 “..the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;”) and praise God, He arose on the third day (Matthew 28:6). We serve a living God that cares for us. The bible says He knows the number of hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30, Luke 12:7)!
In a world, as today, it’s hard to trust that even your family truly cares for you, much less friends or people in your inner circle. But there is always a love that is unwavering. A love that is unconditional. An agape love that transcends anything our earthly mind could ever try to comprehend. He did it for ME. He did it for YOU. He did it for ALL. The verse most of us were taught as children says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.
It’s amazing how three simple words can change the course of history. “It is finished.” “He has risen.” “I love you.” Remember, He thought even you were worth all that He went though.
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Tony & Anna Green