THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EASTER 3
IT IS FINISHED
“It is finished.” This is the most significant statement Jesus made on the Cross.
_“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”_
But why did Jesus declare that it is finished? At creation, God said let us make man in our image and after our likeness. (Genesis 1:26,28). God told Adam to enjoy everything in the Garden of Eden except the tree at the middle of the Garden which he reserved for Himself. From creation, God has always reserved a portion of His gift for Himself. This is arguably the genesis of tithes. Adam was told that if he ate of that tree, he would surely die. Satan led Adam (through Eve) to defy God and Adam sinned against God. By his corruption, sin came into the world by inheritance. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). This explains the reason people sin from childhood without any formal training.
Adam was told upfront that the wages of sin was death. (Romans 6:23). But God still loved the only part of His creation made after the image and likeness of the Godhead. So a redemption plan was put in place even before the foundation of the earth.
1 Peter 1:19
*”But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,”*
To save mankind from the death we deserved, Jesus had to take our place in death. There are three kinds of death: spiritual separation from God, physical death and eternal death in hell. Watch this: First, for three hours, Jesus was separated from God the Father on the Cross as he took on the sin of the world. _“And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.” _ (Mark 15:33). Second, Jesus died a physical death on the Cross and third, Jesus went to hell (Psalms 24: 7-10) to pay the full price for the sin of man and secure a permanent conquest.
What does the Cross mean to us? Jesus had to die on the Cross to redeem mankind from the curse of the law. His death was also to recover the lost glory of the first Adam. Jesus, the second and the last Adam, had to suffer shame, surrender His glory and die a shameful death on the Cross. The Cross was the full price for our redemption from sin, recovery of the lost glory and the restoration of our lost inheritance. The Cross was the price for the resumption of the co-creation power with God, the power to reign on earth and an access to heaven in a new and living way by the blood of Jesus. Alleluia! It’s time to take the full benefits of the Cross (the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ). Burst into thanksgiving and joyful singing as you rejoice over the finished work of Jesus Christ at the Cross. If you know you have a tainted relationship or no relationship at all with Christ, I invite you to call upon your Saviour now.
This is what Easter means to us. Happy Good Friday!
Bishop Enobong Etteh