For generations there has been a fierce spiritual battle for man’s soul (the battle of good vs evil).
Jesus Christ was sent from Heaven by Father God, to redeem, to restore man back to its rightful position with Father God. In so doing, Jesus Christ went to the Cross for our salvation:
- 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
- 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.
- 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:28-30)
From the moment Jesus said “It is finished!” a series of events take place:
His body is no longer in the tomb. How?
He, Jesus, left evidence of His return:
- 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there,
- 7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.
Leaving the handkerchief that had been around His head, laying folded together in a place by itself, is a long standing Jewish tradition signifying the return of an individual.
Jesus then appears first to Mary Magdalene then to the disciples:
- 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him,“Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).
- 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” (John 20:16-17)
- 19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
- 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19-20)
Jesus breathes on the disciples enacting the Holy Spirit and teaching forgiveness:
- 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
- 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
- 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23)
Scriptures are fulfilled so that we can believe that we have life in His name, and that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God:
- 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. (John 20:31)
Jesus provides restoration as evidenced by restoring Peter, who had denied Jesus three times, by asking him three times, “Peter do you love me?” and then charging Peter to “feed my sheep” (John 21:17)
The bible has story after story, after story of hundreds of miracles that Jesus created, healed the sick, the lame walked, turning water into wine, raised the dead, and teaching scriptural principles (farming-agricultural, financial economics, virtues of honor, faith, love, loyalty).
Remember, Jesus had already breathed the Holy Spirit into the disciples, now they needed to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and receive the power of the Holy Spirit:
- 4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
- 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
- 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
- 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
- 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Because It Is Finished:
- He won the victory of good vs evil;
- He took man’s sin sacrificing himself in order to save mankind by restoring us back to a righteous position with Father God;
- He gave us the authority of His name;
- the Power of His sinless blood;
- His directs His angels to protect us;
- He sets us free from bondage;
- He has healed us from all manner of disease;
- He conquered sorrow–no more tears;
- He gives eternal life to anyone, free, by just accepting Him as the Son of God, and now our Messiah, Our God;
- For Salvation Prayer, you must be born again, spiritually.
It Is Finished
by John Starnes
The last enemy has been destroyed: Death
- 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
- 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
- 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
- 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
- 27 For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
- 28 Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. (1 Corinthians 15:23-28)
- 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)