When he [Jesus] had received the drink, Jesus said, â€œIt is finished.â€ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not wan the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. John 19:30-34 (NIV)
I hope today that each of us will take time to be at the foot of the cross and look what Jesus has done for each one of us. If there is a situation in your life that is weighing you down â€“ take it to the cross. It may be that you need to literally write it down and open your Bible to John 19 and lay that burden down. There is not a day that passes that I do not need to bow and repent and seek forgiveness for a thought or a word or an action. Here is the moment that Jesus shed His last ounce of blood â€¦ for my sin. There is no sin too great or too small that is not covered by the blood He gave on this day on Calvary.
Read Hebrews 9 and soak in the words of how mighty and perfect is the sacrifice Jesus gave. Without the spilling of blood there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22)…Jesus spilled His blood…for me â€¦ for you. RECEIVE His forgiveness today and walk forward! Leave the weight of whatever your burden is behind. Start fresh and truly rejoice on this Easter!!!
What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know, Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
â€“ Robert Lowry (1876)
Today in this Holy Week, I am letting go of the sin and situations that tangle me up. I don’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness â€“ but He gives it any way! I cannot do anything to earn His forgiveness â€“ but He gives it any way! I cannot promise to walk perfect from this day forward and so be ‘worthy’ of His love â€“ but He loves me any way! So why not let go and walk forward in New Life!?! And come closer to Jesus; walk side by side and learn and listen and just be with Him forever! HALLELUJAH!