August 9, 2022     2:19 pm
128. Week of Sixth Sunday in Lent - Monday
It is finished
          It is finished. Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit.   John 19:30; Luke 23;46
          When Jesus had received the vinegar, He said with a loud and cheerful voice: "It is finished" The sin of the world was atoned for. The penalty of the world's sin had been endured. The inexorable justice of God which demands the punishment of the transgressor had received full satisfaction; God was reconciled to the world. The sin of the world was forgiven. The punishment all mankind deserved was abolished. God's grace now was ready to receive all sinners as His children and to give them eternal life. Our Saviour, our Substitute, had accomplished all this. Every sinner may and should now say in faith: "It is finished; all that was necessary to save me has been accomplished." Just as the Saviour is your Saviour and your Substitute, so also this word shall be your word: "It is finished." You have not accomplished your salvation, but He has accomplished it for you, yes, for you; hence you too must say: "It is finished." This word of Jesus penetrated into the highest heaven. Let it penetrate into your poor sinful heart. It saves you. And again Jesus cried aloud and cheerfully: "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit." Since He had finished all, there no longer lay upon Him the sin, penalty, and curse of the world; God's wrath, burning like fire, was turned into most fervent love; God no longer forsook Him but held out His fatherly hands toward Him. And so Jesus said: "Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit." In this, too, Jesus is your Saviour, your Substitute. All that is His is yours. This word, too, you may and must take from His lips. When your last hour comes, you, too, shall say right gladly and confidently: "Father, into Your hands I commend my spirit."- And having said this, Jesus bowed His head, beckoned Death to come, and gave up the ghost. His human soul was now in the hands of the Father, while His human body hung dead upon the cross. And in soul and body His eternal Godhead had its being. And, Christian, when you die, the grace of God in Christ will keep your soul and your body. This is most certainly true.
          PRAYER: - My dear Heavenly Father, who has made Your dear Son a Saviour for me, a poor sinner, and set Him forth to be my Redeemer, give to me, I beseech You, Your grace and Holy Spirit, that when my last hour shall come, I may not look upon myself nor upon my unworthiness, but only upon my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who has accomplished all things for me. And let me also with full confidence commend my soul into Your hands. And then keep my body and soul to eternal life. Amen.

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August 9, 2022     2:19 pm