4/14/19 - He Fulfilled It All

        “But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.”   (Acts 3:18)

 

        From the greatest principle to the most minute detail, Jesus completely fulfilled the Divine plan for the salvation of humanity from sin.  His suffering and death for us is the focal point of human history, the completion of the old testament work of preparing the world for the Savior, and the beginning of a new covenant which will last until the end of time.  The prophets of old foretold His coming and His redemptive work, and He fulfilled the prophecies; every one.

 

        Consider some of the details about His suffering and death.

  • He was betrayed by a close friend.  (Psalms 41:9; Mark 14:10; John 13:18)

  • He was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver.  (Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 26:14-16)

  • He was as silent as a lamb before His accusers.  (Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 26:62,63)

  • He was mocked by His accusers.  (Psalms 22:7-8; Matthew 27:41-44)

  • He was surrounded by dogs (as the Romans were called).  (Psalms 22:16; Luke 23:36)

  • They both divided up and gambled for His clothes.  (Psalms 22:18; John 19:24)

  • He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  (Psalms 22:1; Mark 15:34)

  • He cried out because of His thirst and got vinegar.  (Psalms 22:15;69:21; John 19:28,29)

  • He died by crucifixion.  (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13)

  • Not a bone of Him was broken.  (Exodus 12:36; Psalms 34:20; John 19:36)

 

        Jesus did for us what no one else could do.  In His coming to earth, God became flesh and lived among us (John 1:14).  He was just as human as you or I, but He never ceased to fully God (Colossians 2:9).  He lived a perfect life without sin (Hebrews 4:15;  I Peter 2:22), qualifying Him to be a fault-free sacrifice.  Though He never committed any sin Himself, God placed all the sin of the world upon Him (Hebrews 9:26-28;  II Corinthians 5:21).

 

        As Jesus was about to die, in His agony He mustered up enough strength to cry out the word, “Finished!” (John 19:30).  In His perfect, sinless life, and His suffering and death on the cross Jesus fulfilled all that needed to be done to provide salvation to all who will submit their will to Him.  He fulfilled all the prophecies of Him (Acts 3:18).  He fulfilled the Law, and took it away (Colossians 2:14).  He fulfilled the work that the Father had sent Him to do (John 17:4).  He fulfilled the requirement of Divine law and paid the price for our redemption.  He died so that we might live.

 

        Jesus showed the greatest love by laying down His life to save us.  He rose again for our justification.  He left nothing undone except the proclamation of His great mercy and the response of those who surrender in obedience at this good news.

 

-Roger-

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