As he hung on the cross, over 2000 years ago our Lord and savior uttered the most important word that has redefined the destiny of humanity! In all 7 times, he spoke on the cross, 3 times before the darkness, once during the darkness and 3 times after the darkness. His words on the cross:
- Word of forgiveness - 'father, forgive them for they know not what they do' - Luke 23:34
- Word of Assurance - 'today shalt thou be with me in paradise' - Luke 23:43
- Word of comfort - 'Woman behold thy son' and to John, 'Behold thy mother' - John 19:26-27
- Word of desolation - 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' Matthew 27:45, Mark 15:33-36, Luke 23:44
- Word of suffering - 'I thirst' - John 19:26
****Word of Triumph*** - 'It is finished' - John 19:30
- Word of committal - 'Father into thy hands I commend my spirit' - Luke 23:46
All words that carry weights and imports, but I will focus on one that summarises all that he did for us over 2000 years ago. When all has been done and wrapped up the son of God proclaimed: it is finished! They were the most important words uttered in the history of humanity!
When he came his mission was well spelled out: 'for this purpose was the son of God manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil!' and on the cross, he did just that through his death! Through death, he destroyed him that had the power of sin and death! And, then he rose three days after he declared ' I am he that liveth and was dead. But now I live forever more and I have the keys of hell death!' Hallelujah!
Through his death, he gave us victory over everything mortal - sin and death! And now he has the keys of hell and death, meaning that it is no longer Satan that determines your lifespan! He no longer has the keys! Jesus has it! Every death sentence hanging over your life and destiny is declared null and void, in the name of Jesus!
The knowledge of this victory over sin and death is what makes the songwriter wrote this song:
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
On the cross, he finished the dominion of sin over us
Stand in the finished work of Christ!
Stand in the power of his death and resurrection!
Stand in the victory obtain for us.
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