Triumph and Contrast, Part 6

We’ve seen the deity and humanity of Jesus from the cross as He suffered because of our sins. God sent his beloved Son to this world so mankind would be saved from the wrath of sin (John 3:16). It is a gift to extended to all yet not accepted by all.

The Apostle Luke recorded an event, in Luke 19:1-10, where Zacchaeus met Jesus. I remember learning this cute little song about Zacchaeus, when I was a child.

“Zacchaeus was a very little man ,
and a very little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see.

And when the Savior passed that way
He looked up in the tree.
And said, ‘Zacchaeus, you come down!
For I’m going to your house today!
For I’m going to your house today!’

Zacchaeus was a very little man,
But a happy man was he,
For he had seen the Lord that day
And a happy man was he;
And a very happy man was he.”

The real truth to this song was much more than Zacchaeus seeing Jesus. It was Jesus who saved Zacchaeus and his family that day. This was Jesus’ mission – “The Son of Man came to find lost people and save them.” (Luke 19:10, NCV)

The message from God to mankind is one of Atonement and Reconciliation. St. Paul wrote about this Atonement when he said:

23 Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard, 24 and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. 25 God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins.(Romans 3:23-25, NCV)

And St. Paul wrote about Reconciliation when he said:

17 If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new! 18 All this is from God. Through Christ, God made peace between us and himself, and God gave us the work of telling everyone about the peace we can have with him. 19 God was in Christ, making peace between the world and himself. In Christ, God did not hold the world guilty of its sins. And he gave us this message of peace. (2 Corinthians 5:17-19, NCV)

The Apostle John recorded the last public prayer of Jesus in John 17. This is the LORD’S Prayer. John recorded Jesus saying that He “finished the work He was given to do” (John 17:4, NCV).

Crucifixion

The Cross at Groom
Groom, Texas

In the 6th statement from the cross, Jesus uttered “It is Finished. (John 19:30, NCV) There was nothing left for Him to do. He had completed the work of redemption.

Fanny Crosby wrote the lyrics to the hymn, Redeemed, in 1882. The first verse is:

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.

Jesus died on the cross so you could have eternal life. He said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30, NCV)  It is a free gift, available to all who accept the gift. Have you been redeemed? To be continued…


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