THE WORD OF VICTORY
The cry of victory came from the lips of our Lord Jesus Christ as the end of His suffering was realized. He had carried our sins to the Cross and there He suffered all of the agony required to pay our debt of sin. There He satisfied the justice of a righteous God and paid the price of our redemption.
Now let us look at His accomplishments on our behalf.
I. THE GOAL OF THE INCARNATION IS REACHED.
A. The Work of the Three Persons of the Godhead is seen here.
1. God the Father is especially concerned in the Government of the world. He rules over the works of His hands, Psalm 111:7, “The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.”
2. God the Son is especially concerned in the work of Redemption; He was the One who came here to die for sinners, Isaiah 53:10, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.”
3. God the Spirit is especially concerned with the Scriptures:
a. He was the One who moved holy men of old to speak the message of God, 2 Peter 1:21, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
b. He is the One who now gives spiritual illumination and understanding, 1 Peter 2:12-14, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13-Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14-But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
c. He is the One who guides us into the Truth, John 6:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
B. The Work of the Son.
1. A definite work was committed to Him.
a. Even as a boy He was taking care of the Father’s business. Luke 2:49, “And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”
b. He said that He was a greater witness than John the Baptist, John 5:36, “But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.”
c. Jesus glorified the Father, John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
2. A Finished work was accomplished, John 17:4, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
C. Our Savior certainly finished what the God of Heaven gave Him to do.
II. THE ATONEMENT IS ACCOMPLISHED.
A. The Foreshadows of the Old Testament Fulfilled.
1. A covering from sin an its shame – typical of the coats of skins God provided for Adam and Eve – is now provided, Genesis 3:21, ”Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
2. The More Excellent Sacrifice – typical of Abel’s sacrifice – had been offered. Genesis 4:3-4; Hebrews 11:4, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”
3. A shelter from the storm of Divine Judgment – typified by Noah’s ark – was now furnished, Genesis 6:13-14, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”
4. The Only-begotten and well-beloved Son – typified by Abraham’s offering up of Isaac – had been placed upon the altar, Genesis 22:1-13.
5. A Protection from the Death Angel – typified by the shed blood of the Passover lamb – was now supplied Exodus 12:1-30.
6. A Cure from the Serpent’s bite – typified by the serpent of brass upon a pole – was now made ready for sinners, Numbers 21:4-9.
7. The providing of a life-giving fountain – typical of Moses striking the rock – was now effected, Exodus 17:1-7.
III. FOUR PROOFS THAT CHRIST DID FINISH THE WORK.
A. The Rending of the Veil, Matthew 27:51, “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;”
B. The Raising of Christ from the Dead, Matthew 28:5-6, “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. 6-He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”
C. The Exaltation of Christ to God’s Own Right Hand, Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
D. The Sending of the Holy Spirit to the Earth, John 15:26, “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” John 16:7-11, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8-And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9-Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10-Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11-Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.”
We have now concluded six of the seven saying of our Lord on the Cross. In these sayings we have seen how God laid our sins upon the Savior and how He suffered in His own body the penalty of our sins.
What is left now is only to give up His life to complete the payment for our sins. One more remains to be heard from the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.
What will you do with Jesus now? You have heard how He suffered to pay for your sins on the Cross of Calvary. Will you receive Him as your Savior, or will you reject Him and pay for your own sin?