Three of the most powerful words in all of the scriptures were spoken by Jesus in John 28-30 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.
The words “IT IS FINISHED” have such magnificent meanings as we examine what was finished.
I have often said that in context these words are the end of the Old testament and the beginning of the New Testament.
Jesus was the final sacrifice for sin under the Mosaic system and therefore became our atonement for sin from that point forward.
The old had gone and the new had come.
As we examine these words and the events that followed we see that the curtain or veil hung over the Holy of Holies was rent in two.
In Judaism the tearing of a garment from top to bottom was a sign of mourning.
We see this clearly in Jacob’s response to the news that Joseph was dead.
A curious and often overlooked event followed and there was an earthquake as described in Matthew 27:51–53 “And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city [i.e. Jerusalem] and appeared to many.
In Jesus’ death was also the resurrection to life of the Jewish saints who had died and were buried.
Even though those who loved Jesus mourned over his death He had already foretold of His resurrection in the sign of Jonah. The greatest hope in history followed histories saddest moment.
2020 brought great challenges to the world and the reports of catastrophic death due to the pandemic has created an exponentially inflated fear even though statistically death around the world has not increased.
What has changed is the laser focus on one aspect and that is the reporting of Covid-19 related deaths and that number is suspect as there are many other contributing factors including age and medical conditions at the time of contracting the virus.
For those of us who have put our faith in Messiah we have been set apart and given the spirit of discernment.
The Luciferaian agenda clearly laid out in Genesis 3:15 is active and alive.
Our calling is both to join together as a Kingdom of Priests, a Royal Priesthood set apart by God to be a light and a powerful force against the present darkness.
Paul clearly states who we are as a new creation in Messiah including the ministry calling on our lives and the report we should be giving in our new creation lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17-6:10 makes the abundantly clear, “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 6 Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.”
We are entering a time when we can fully expect heightened levels of censorship, silencing of voicing, government over reach and persecution.
What then should our response be?
It should vocal. It should be vocational. It should be a time when we can not and will not be silenced.
It is a wake up call to walk in the fullness of our assignment of followers of Messiah.
The battle that lays before us is the soul of a nation and our impact on the world.
We must be diligent to speak of the power of God and His sovereignty even when it does not appear to line up with our desires.
This is a matter of sacred trust that the plans of God will work together for good for those that love Him and are called according to His purpose.
As ambassadors of Heaven our words must be seasoned with salt and light carrying a message of hope even when in the natural it may appear to you to be hopeless.
As Kingdom warriors we do not battle like the world battles.
WE use the weapons of prayer and cast down every spirit at work to defile our freedoms.
The arms we take up are not the of this world, but through our unified prayers and petitions to the court of Heaven we come before the throne of grace in the power and anointing of The Holy Spirit.
Moses lay prostrate before the Lord for 40 days and 40 nights twice to intercede on behalf of the children of Israel.
This is our model.
We can not be intimidated or weak in our prayer life.
WE must be masters of Good’s word and his promises and pray those passages back to God to appeal to His true nature of Love for those He calls His own.
It is not too late and we must bring one voice, one heart and one spirit to mount up our battle plan.
We can not use this season to turn on each other, but be reminded that we can accomplish anything if we are of one accord.
It is time to stop letting the media and the bad reports shake the foundation of our faith.
We have already secured the victory and now we must claim it for the Kingdom.
Every voice matters. Every prayer matters and God is calling us to turn to Him and clean our spiritual houses so that nothing will hinder our prayers.
It is a clarion call to return to God and raise up the generations to carry the banner of Love entrusted to us by heaven itself.
Nothing is over until God says it over and until then we must be intentional in our prayers life, deliberate in our study of God’s word, and speak Life not death into the lives of those around us.
The first one to be changed in all of this is you and once that change grabs hold of you then and only then can you be effective to be bring change to those in your sphere of influence.