MONDAY, MARCH 30
When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
John 19:30 (NLT2)
THE PERFECT SACRIFICE IS JESUS
In yesterday’s message, we continued our study through the words of Jesus from the cross. After tasting the vinegar, Jesus shouted: “It is finished!” The term Tetelestai was used in several different ways in Jesus’ day. Priests said this word when they found a lamb without blemish for sacrifice. On this occasion, the word meant “perfect” or “just what we need.” The priests couldn’t use an ordinary lamb. It had to be spotless and perfect. When Jesus shouted this term from the cross, He claimed to be the sinless lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice for us.
When you donate blood at places like the Red Cross, the blood isn’t immediately given to an awaiting patient at a nearby hospital. Lab workers test the blood for current or past infections, including the presence of viruses, such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and the West Nile virus. Workers also screen the blood for antibodies that can cause an adverse reaction in the recipient. A thorough system is in place to ensure impure or tainted blood is never given to those needing a life-saving blood transfusion.
Because Jesus resisted every sinful temptation for 33 years, He was able to keep His blood pure and without blemish to save you. For three years, Peter witnessed the character of Jesus up close and personal. He was convinced that you are “redeemed…with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19 ESV). None of us could serve as a substitute for others because of the sin in our lives. Only Christ, who was without the blemish or spot of sin, could offer Himself in your place. What did Jesus endure throughout His life to ensure that His blood remained pure and without blemish? How much are you willing to endure to ensure you live a pure life now that you have been forgiven? What steps can you take this week to help you live a life free of sin?
The writer of Hebrews said, “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God” (Hebrews 9:14 ESV). Thank Jesus for His blood that allows you to serve God from a pure conscience. Thank Him for the power of His blood to remove the guilt of your sin.