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It Hardly Looks Like It

May 29, 2019

“It is finished.” John 19:30 (NIV)

When Jesus said this, he was surrounded by darkness, and on the edge of death. As he hung there in the darkness, it hardly looked like Satan’s power had been broken, or hell’s gates had been splintered, or death’s sting had been drawn out.

A month after Jesus died the world didn’t look very different. The same could be said after a year, a century… a millennium. Does the world really look any different than it did the day Jesus said this?

When Jesus said, “It is finished,” it was a cry of faith, a cry anticipating all that would come from his completed suffering, perfect life, atoning death, and decisive victory.

Many people have heard Jesus’ words “It is finished,” but the question is: Do you believe that “it is finished?” It was not obvious then, and it is not obvious now, except to the one who has faith in Jesus.

The Bible makes it plain how you can live by faith: “At present we do not see everything subject to him.” That’s what the Bible says. What do we see? We see wars, and we see cancer, but we do not see everything subject to Jesus.

What is Jesus doing? Making the world a better place? Putting an end to human suffering? Ridding the world of evil? No! He is bringing many sons and daughters to glory, and he is able to do this for you.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ in the middle of life’s difficulties. Believe today that “it is finished,” and as you believe, what he accomplished at the cross will become yours.

React to the statement: “What is Jesus doing? Making the world a better place? Putting an end to human suffering? Ridding the world of evil? No! He is bringing many sons and daughters to glory, and he is able to do this for you.”


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.



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