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Saturday, March 30, 2024

Words of Christ on the Cross, Part 3

John 19:30; Luke 23:46

“30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

Luke 23:46

“46 Jesus called out with a loud voice,  “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.”

There was a great darkness when Jesus died.  It was as if the light of the world had been extinguished.  When Christ uttered “It is finished” from the cross, I am sure that those who knew Him and who witnessed the crucifixion felt that all mercy, goodness and hope had vanished from the world.

But Christ’s spirit was in the hands of God and with God all things are possible.  The end of Christ’s ministry on earth was the beginning of the ministry of the Disciples; the beginning of the Church; and the beginning of the worldwide spread of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God’s light is never extinguished.  His word endures forever.  

And God’s work is never finished.

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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