IT IS FINISHED! BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
19th July, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: IT IS FINISHED!
John 19:30 (NKJV)
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
We have established in a previous devotion, that, God’s intent since the fall of man, has been to make our bodies His dwelling place. This intention led to the greatest battle ever fought on behalf of the human race; the greatest victory started in Gethsamane, but was consummated on the Cross.
Our theme Scripture is a reference to the very last Words of Jesus on the Cross; ‘…when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “IT IS FINISHED!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” What was finished? The greatest battle was finished! The greatest victory was won! The “detergent” capable of washing away the sin nature from the human spirit was now made available; Jesus had shed His precious blood, Hallelujah!
To prove that God’s intention was now a possibility, and that God’s dwelling place had changed from the Temple to our human bodies, Saint Matthew’s account of the same story said, “ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,” (Matthew 27:50-51, NKJV). The veil of the Temple was what divided the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies; God’s dwelling place was the Holy of Holies, where only the High Priest was assigned to perform His duties once a year. But when Jesus said, “It is finished”, this veil was torn in two from top to bottom. Did you see that? If it was the work of man, it would have been from the bottom to the top, ideally, but to show that God was involved in this finished work, there was an unseen Hand that tore the veil in two from top to bottom; meaning, God had vacated His dwelling place.
All these things were done because of you and me; God preferred our bodies to the Temple. If you’re born again and have received the Holy Spirit, it means your body is now the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and your spirit is the Holy of Holies, where the Holy Spirit dwells. What could be bigger than this?