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According to Plan

John 19:30-37

Verse 30 When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

Yesterday we talked about how Jesus was saying that the redemption work was finished but there was something else that was finished.

As we have discussed, there were various ways that God had woven the mystery of redemption throughout history but He did more than hint at this plan. God had given prophecies throughout the timeline of His chosen people so that they would know what to look for in the Promised One. The Passover Lamb was one of these clear images pointing forward to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

God had planned each of these foreshadows in detail. He had set up the Law, He knew that the Jewish leaders wouldn’t want to allow the dying men hanging, still dying through this special Passover Sabbath. And since it usually took a few days for a crucifixion to actually be finished, something would need to happen. This is one of the ironies of the situation. God knew that even though they were killing the Messiah, the Jewish leaders would still follow through on the outward rituals of holiness. And because of this God had given a prophecy many years before that none of Jesus’ bones would be broken. Think about that, before there was such a thing as crucifixion, God was saying that Jesus would die without the need of His legs being broken.

One of the first instructions about the Passover lamb in Egypt was that none of its bones could be broken (Exodus 12:46). This was emphasized again when the annual celebration was set in motion a couple of years later in the wilderness (Numbers 9:12). This event was celebrated every year and yet they missed this image that was pointing to the ultimate Passover Lamb. Even those that were around the table celebrating Jesus’ last earthly Passover with Him.

This is just one of the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled with His death on the cross. His proclamation of “It is finished” was His saying that He had become the ultimate Passover Lamb. It was one more sign that God had kept His promise of sending a redeemer.

Making It Personal

Why do you think the people throughout history missed these clues to the coming Messiah? Are you sometimes disillusioned about what Christ came to do? What does it mean to you that Jesus was sacrificed for your sins?

Making It Personal Kids

Did you know that the Bible had hints about Jesus in the Old Testament? In what ways was Jesus like the sacrifice lamb? How does it make you feel to know that Jesus died for your sins?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for having it all planned from the very beginning. Help us to be more open to the truth You would have us see and not miss it because it isn’t what we want to see. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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