Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 27: He Died
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 27th, 2013

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. 11 Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;  by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. 12  Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors;  yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. 

Matthew 12:39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 

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

As our Passover Lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7), Jesus was our sacrifice. The Passover is a prophetic foreshadowing of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. This is a truth. Again, we go to the prophet Isaiah and see these very difficult words: “it was the will of the Lord to crush him.” That is the end of it. That is all of it. It cannot be anymore settled than that. Despite the Father’s love for the only begotten, it pleased Him to see Jesus crushed. Why so harsh? Why so grim? You may be wondering these things, but you should ask this question: How great is the vengeance of God against our sins? The answer is simple. Just like the rest of God, it is infinite. However, all mankind was spared because this cup of vengeance (which Jesus asked three times that it should pass) was poured out on Jesus. And in doing so, it no longer has to be poured out on us. God wanted to save humanity, therefore it pleased the Lord to crush Him.

In accordance to Isaiah’s holy prediction, He “poured out his soul to death.” He emptied Himself. He became nothing. He became sin and a curse, so that we could be holy. In John 19:30, we see Him utter His last words and take His last breath. He says “It is finished.” Literally, it means it is “accomplished.” What has been accomplished? What has Christ done on Calvary? He appeased the vengeance of God and set forth an everlasting atonement for all mankind. In this we are able to approach the Holy One fully justified by our faith and sanctified wholly, having our sins forgiven. Oh yes, He definitely accomplished it. Only He was worthy to accomplish it. Praise the Name of JESUS!

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