Lent Devotions 2012: Friday 30th March

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished”, and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19: 30

These few words do not seem strong enough to sum up the fact that Lord Jesus gave His last breath. He only lived a short life on earth but in those three decades He carried out God’s plan to perfection, to save us miserable sinners from all of our sins forever.

Think of the beginning with the humble birth and ending with the worst kind of death imaginable. Not lying down, falling asleep and waking up in heaven, the kind of death most of us would prefer to have. But this horrible death that holds everything, so that we can escape from Satan and hell. The hope that lies in the resurrection, the peace and comfort that this brings to us, and the love of Christ Jesus our Saviour whom we know loves us more than we can ever love Him in return.

How humble that makes me feel. The beginning, the ministry, the end, topped off with a sponge filled with sour wine for thirst. Not even a last request for an untainted drink!

Thank You Lord Jesus that from heaven to earth You came. You lived the life planned for You. Then, when the centurion who stood facing You saw the way that You breathed Your last, it was all recorded as one of the many things that help us know and believe that, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” Amen.