Elements City Church
Final Words Series - wk3
We all know that ‘final words’ hold a great deal of significance and meaning. We tend to lean in to friends and relatives as they share with us in those moments. As we move toward Easter – we remember the final words Jesus spoke from the Cross and what they show us about God’s heart for humanity. We will celebrate the wonder of the Easter Resurrection on Sunday April 1st, 2018 from the vantage point of these significant final words. They still speak to us today...
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  • Elements City Church
    1825 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712, USA
    Sunday 5:00 PM

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Jesus accomplished WAY more than you and I can every imagine!
What Jesus did on the cross changed everything for anyone willing to trust in Him through faith. When He declared: "it is finished" - he declared something that no one can undo or no one ever needs to redo.
It is finished. 3 simple words that hold a world of meaning. Notice, Jesus doesn't say "I am finished." So, what was accomplished? – the fundamental issue of the cross was way more than just an example of sacrifice and what a good leader would do. The cross was addressing the issue of sin, the penalty and consequences of sin upon the human condition in regards to a relationship with a perfect, holy God.
Sin as discussed in the Scriptures:
– ‘missing the mark’ – an archery term. Meaning God has established (because He’s the creator and sets the reality as he sees fit) the mark for us to hit. He’s perfect and calls us to be perfect. But we all miss the mark.
Ecc. 7:20
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.
Isaiah 53:6 (all about Jesus on the cross)
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Many folks approach life: 'maybe I’m not really that bad'...
A lot of people live by the creed of: “if I do enough”…work hard enough, I can earn a right standing with God. OR we think maybe out of God's goodness he will 'grade on a curve'. OR we think 'if we just get close enough'...
But we can't work hard enough to earn salvation or a good standing with a HOLY God based on our merit. God (because he's holy) doesn't 'grade on a curve. And the separation between a HOLY God and a sinful people is just too far. Sin is the penalty you can’t pay – but listen: here’s the GOOD NEWS of the gospel:
Jesus captured it in one word!: “Tetelestai” = "It Is Finished".
The cross at it’s very core – is that the issue of sin was addressed by the death of Christ as he fulfilled his mission. Jesus wrote the check to pay our debt – and His resurrection verifies the check cleared!
Life with God is available through faith in what Jesus accomplished!
Tetelestai = It Is Finished.
This is a victory cry – He accomplished what he was sent to finish!
We no longer have to figure out ways to try to pay our debt of sin…or work our way to God --- God came to us, on a rescue mission for us!
Remember this about final words:
Buddha's dying words were, "Strive without ceasing."
Jesus' were, "It is finished."
*Give me Jesus.
Quote:
On the cross God took the penalty, so he could still love the sinner, while paying for the sin, in order to satisfy his wrath, so he could express his love, without compromising his perfection!
-Tony Evans (preacher)
It is finished" was not a death gurgle.
"It is finished" is not "I am done for."
"It is finished" is a cry of victory.
The Gospel of John makes explicit what all the Gospels declare—that is:
the cross, the ultimate symbol of defeat = got flipped that day and is now the ultimate symbol of God’s victory!
When Jesus Christ dies and the veil is ripped, not from bottom to top, but from top to bottom. Jesus opens the way for us to have relationship with God, through faith in Him! That’s the gospel = Jesus made a way, when we had no chance to find a way back to God.
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