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Wednesday, October 11: Knowing that everything had now been finished

 

Pulled ApartWe are distracted people, with access to more technology, entertainment, and information than anyone before us. While much of that technology is so good, there's a dark side, and God’s word has a lot to say about living distracted, fragmented, pulled-apart lives. Join us as we explore hope and motivation to become people who focus on what really matters.

Read John 19:28-30

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty." A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Reflect

How easy it would be for Jesus, the Son of God, to orchestrate his death in a spectacular way. But such a display would have distracted from the very reason for his crucifixion: to be the willing, living, and painful sacrifice for our sin.

Respond

When Jesus proclaims, “It is finished,” he doesn't mean “I give up! It’s over.” Instead it's a clear statement of the undistracted completion of his mission of paying the price and making our salvation possible. God, help me today to be reminded—without distraction—of the depth of your love for us. Let me not forget the price Jesus willingly paid to forgive our sins. Amen.

 

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