Discipleship | Lesson 3 | Devotion 1
John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Throughout the life of Jesus Christ on earth, He was often referred to as the “King of the Jews.” While the Jews rejected this notion that this man could be their Messiah, outsiders saw it as a fact. Indeed Jesus Christ was a King and will return to earth as a King to rule and reign forever. During the time of the crucifixion, the culture would have been familiar with the role of a king or high-ranking government official. As Jesus Christ hung on the cross that day, do you think anyone wondered, “How many other kings have died this way? How many other kings have died because those he came to save rejected him?”
Throughout your Christian life, you will read and hear the crucifixion referenced many times. It is easy to allow it to become a ritual or just a wonderful story of our faith. In all actuality, it is the story of a King who loved us so much, He was willing to die for our salvation. We must ask ourselves, “How many other kings have done that me? How many other kings died so that I may live?”
To some, the death of Christ on a cross is the story of a good man being done wrong, but to the Christian, it is the story of salvation. When Jesus proclaimed, “it is finished,” He was stating to all that He had completed the work that needed to be done for the salvation of the world. While governments, and kings, and congressman have signed resolutions and bills into place that could change the world, we serve a King who signed for our salvation with His blood! The payment for your sins and the sins of the world was made over two thousand years ago, and it is still in effect today! Take time today to read one or all of the crucifixion accounts found in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. After you have read, spend some time praising God for the work of Christ on the cross. It is because of this, we are saved for eternity!