Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | August 13, 2019

“He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people”

Today’s devotion comes from John 19:16-30.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+19&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic;  now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.  So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, to decide whose it shall be”;  this was to fulfill the Scripture:  “THEY DIVIDED MY OUTER GARMENTS AMONG THEM, AND FOR MY CLOTHING THEY CAST LOTS.”  Therefore the soldiers did these things.

But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.  When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He *said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”  Then He *said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”  From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.”  A jar full of sour wine was standing there;  so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth.  Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”  And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”  John 19:23-30.

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It is painful and make us cringe just to read this account of Jesus’ crucifixion.

But, we are inspired by Jesus’ mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene who stood by the cross.

We too can keep our eyes on Jesus:  “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2.

And, the words “all things had already been accomplished” and “It is finished!” give us hope and lead us to meditate what was accomplished, what was finished, by Jesus on the cross.

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,”  Luke 1:8.

In Him (Jesus) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  …”  Ephesians 1:7-8.

“Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;  but He (Jesus), having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time onward until His enemies be made a footstool for His feet.  For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.”  Hebrews 10:11-14.

“And they *sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals;  for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

“You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God;  and they will reign upon the earth.”  Revelation 5:9-10.


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