In a conversation with the Lord, not to long ago, the words, “the Suffering” were highlighted in an article I was reading about the Bosom of Abraham.
I don’t know about you, but the Suffering and Crucifixion of Jesus is a lot to digest. To grasp the whole thing, well, I’m just being honest, I’ve had to digest it in incriminates to really understand the depths of it’s true meaning.
The message he wants written here, is that …..it is finished.
Jesus is as real today as he was back then. So let’s go to the place in biblical history where the Suffering leads to It Is finished.
The Garden of Gethsemane is a biblical historical marker. So much happened there. There is one particular night that Holy Spirit brought me into remembrance. The night of the last supper, as we know it to be called today. So
When they arrived in the garden on the mount of Olives, Jesus tells his disciples this,
“And he said unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death, tarry ye here, and watch.” Mark 14:34 KJV
His suffering had started, and the next hours would be very painful and by that next afternoon, Jesus would die, after being nailed to a cross.
The Gospel of John says this about his death,
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished, and bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” John 19:30 KJV
Jesus died. His body was taken down from the cross that they hung him up on and laid him in a tomb. What now? Do we just go on with life and then ourselves then die and that’s it? He said it is finished right? What did he mean? I asked.
The remembrance of when Lazarus died was brought to mind. Lazarus was raised from the dead, by Jesus himself and Jonas, being dead three days and three nights in the belly of a whale, came out of the whale alive! Now that’s biblical truth, two men were dead, but then came back to life.
So, what happened to Jesus after he died? He goes to the heart of the earth.
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whales belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Matthew 12:40 KJV
What happens next is incredible. Holy Ghost led me to 1 Peter 3:18-20,
“For Christ also hath suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once we’re long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” 1Peter 3:18-20 KJV
The eight souls were Noah and his family. Eight is the number that prophetically means, new beginning. And that they were saved by water.
Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
If you remember, Jesus was baptized, in water, by John The Baptist.
“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and cometh thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now, for thus is becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lightning upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17 KJV
This is what Jesus meant when he said it…It Is Finished. He used Noah, the eight people being saved by water to tell you, to get in the water and be baptized for YOUR New Beginning!!
If you haven’t asked Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior. Ask. It’s a step towards your New Beginning. Amen? Amen!
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