Friday, September 26, 2008

It Is Finished!

As Jesus was dying on the cross, he cried out, "It is finished!" Everything the Father sent him to accomplish, he accomplished. There is no better news in the world today for the sinner than this, for the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. There is nothing more profoundly joyful for the believer than this, for by his obedience Jesus made the many righteous. Beginning this Lord's Day, we are going to meditate on what Jesus finished, and I hope that you will be filled with a holy awe and a humble joy as we look at the amazing work of Christ. This is the stuff of legend, but it is all true!

Songs
Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise (#23)
Praise the Savior (#17)
Not All the Blood of Beasts (#136)
It Is Finished (#138)
There Is a Fountain (#267)
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (#137)

Scripture Reading
The Day of Atonement - Leviticus 16

Sermon
It Is Finished (Part 1): The Sacrifice to Take Away Guilt

Wonder of wonders! On the cross He dies!
Man of ages, David's mighty Son,
The Eternal Word who spake and it was done,
What time, of old, He formed the earth and skies.

Abashed be all the wisdom of the wise!
Let the wide earth through all her kingdoms know
The promise of the Lamb of God, whose blood should flow -
For human guilt the grand sole sacrifice.

No more need altar smoke, nor victim bleed:
'Tis finished! the great mystery of love.
Ye sin comdemned, by this blood, 'tis decreed.
Ye stand absolved; behold the curse removed!
O Christ! Thy deadly wounds, Thy mortal strife
Crush death and hell and give immortal life.

'Tis finished all: the veil is rent,
The welcome sure, the access free:
Now then we leave our banishment,
O Father, to return to Thee!

Horatius Bonar

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