Today’s Reading: John 19:17-30
“It is finished!” – John 19:30
In the beginning – darkness. The earth – without form, void. Then, the Word ordered the universe into existence. Light overcame darkness. Everything was perfect. Man, created in the image of God, was immortal, living by the very Word of God that had brought him into existence.
But, man turned away from God’s Word of life to heed Satan’s word of death. The perfect, immortal man had become imperfect, sinful, mortal. But the God of love had compassion on his dying man. He had a plan. God became Man – Perfect Man, immortal, like the first man. And then He took that first man’s sin, your sin, and every human’s sin into His holy flesh in order that He might endure the eternal death all sinners deserve. There He hung – God on a cross. Abandoned, for you. In thick darkness the earth shook and rocks split. It was as if God’s creation was coming apart. And then the God-Man died. He who was immortal had sacrificed Himself for all mortals – for you! “It is finished.” Having completed His new creation, the Word rested in His tomb on the Sabbath to arise the next – the first day of His new creation – for you!
Prayer: To Thee, eternal Three in One, let homage meet by all be done; as by the cross Thou dost restore, so guide and keep us evermore. Amen. (The Royal Banners Forward Go, LSB 455:6).
This devotion was written by Rev. Terry Small, pastor at Saint John Lutheran Church in Amana, IA and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wellman, IA.