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It is finished!

"It is finished!" (John 19:30)

During the time when Jesus Christ hung on the cross it was still the time of the law. The law, which God gave to the Jews through Moses, was still valid up until the moment of his death. Therefore, Jesus cried out before he died, “It is finished.” He came to fulfill the law and to establish a new covenant.

This cross was the closing point of the Old Covenant. This cross is also the first letter and beginning of the wonderful gospel of Christ. The first covenant was made by God with his people Israel on Sinai. The last covenant, which is the new one, is being made by God with all people. Every human being upon this earth is included! Whether a person believes or does not believe. Whether they will serve God or not. We need to understand this covenant of God, for this call of God is directed to everyone! Whether they are a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian, they are all called to follow Jesus only! Every Jew was under the first covenant; and according to the way he lived, this covenant would either be a blessing or a curse for him. If he obeyed God, all the blessings of this covenant of God would be promised to him. If he did not obey, this covenant would be a curse for him. The same also applies with the New Covenant, there is an abundant blessing for each individual who believes in Jesus Christ and obeys his Word, but a curse for everyone who is not obedient to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (See 2 Thes. 8-9)!

Therefore, Paul says, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel.” Paul knew about the great responsibility that he bore as a preacher towards all people. Jesus said in John 8:24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” This means being lost for all eternity, but it does not have to be that way. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16). Jesus Christ bore all the sins of mankind upon the cross. He is: “the Lamb of God which carries the sin of the world.” Only He can give salvation, and no other. He did not carry the sins of a privileged group as some believe. He bore all sins for all humanity. Every person who comes to Him can receive the forgiveness of sins through Him.

Jesus wants to take away the invisible burden of sin which lies upon each individual. Why don’t you also experience this freedom. Knock, and He will open up to you.