When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Individual Reflection

Prayer of Preparation

Heavenly Father,
I offer you my life today.  Help me to slow down and listen to You.  Please speak into my very being whatever you want me to hear today and transform me more into your likeness from our time spent together.  Help me to be obedient to follow through with whatever you ask of me.
Amen.

Statement from the Cross #6

Jesus said, “It is finished.”    John 19:30

Thoughts of a Fellow Sojourner

     For all of us, death is inevitable. At some point, our mortal life will come to an end, and we will move forward in the direction we have chosen. All too often, we tell people around us to live with purpose that life is short, and we never know what may happen. This fact, leaves a nagging question in my heart. “How often do we tell people to die with purpose?” You see, I fully believe that Jesus lived with purpose, but he also died with purpose. He knew that his entire life was lived for one reason: To glorify his father. Everything he did was a direct command from God. Even his death was so that his father could be elevated and once again have relationship with his greatest creation. Jesus’ purpose was that we might find freedom in the glory of a God who loved us so much that he gave his ultimate gift for us; His only son. Jesus knew his purpose. He lived his purpose and he died with a purpose. His words, “it is finished” were nothing more than a declaration of that purpose. All of his pain, all of his suffering, all of his trials were over. He was experiencing freedom with his mission accomplished. He was reuniting with his father, but it was not just a homecoming for him, but a homecoming for all the saints. Jesus’ death brought freedom to us all. His simple phrase was nothing more than a declaration. Evil had lost, Good had won, and his purpose had been fulfilled. His father was the most powerful being in the universe, and Jesus had proven it. He brought freedom to the captives, he removed the chains, and he paid our fee. As a result, He has freedom in the Father, we have freedom in the Father, and the world has freedom in the father. These two words were the most powerful Jesus ever said because he declared freedom over the powers of evil, he declared victory and he established new life built on the foundation of freedom from sin, evil, and darkness. He died with a purpose. FREEDOM!

Moment of Reflection

Take some time in silence for reflection, meditation, or simply to listen to what God wants to speak into you.

Written Response

Close your time by writing to God a response or plan for application.

Prayer of Consummation

Lord Jesus,
 In You, death has lost its sting and evil has lost its hold. There is great liberty in knowing our chains havebeen released and to this day and forevermore the same power that conquered the grave lives in us;
 Thank You Jesus for not only living with a purpose but dying on the cross for the purpose of your people;
 Teach us how to live in the freedom we have been given by You;
 Lead us where Your freedom is utmost vital;
 Open our eyes to the captives who need to hear Your freedom proclamation;
 Amen.

Individual Reflection

Lectio Divina:

1. Read Luke 23:44-46 slowly a few times (Lectio)

44It was now about noon. The whole land was covered with darkness until three o’clock.45The sun had stopped shining. The temple curtain was torn in two.46Jesus called out in a loud voice,“Father, into your hands I commit my very life.”After he said this, he took his last breath.

2. Ponder the text (Meditatio)

  • What words stand out to me?
  • Have I committed my very life to God?
  • What does it mean to commit to Him?
  • What do freedom and commitment have in common?

3. Speak to God (Oratio)

May I know the fullness of the freedom I have as I abide in You. Strengthen and refresh me Lord. Take me in Your arms and help me hear Your Words of Truth. May lies run away as I hold tightly to You. May harmful memories be banished forever more. There are no words that truly describe how thankful I am for the freedom I have in You. Please help me to truly live out that gift of being free. As I sit before Your throne and gaze upon Your beauty, please take my burdens and encourage my heart. I wait on You, my Lord. I wait on You. Amen

4. Find a quiet place (Contemplatio)

Quiet my heart, O God.
Let me feel the warmth of your embrace.
I feel free to not just stop sinning,
But to be in your presence right here, right now.
Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.

Individual Application

 

Intro:

Keeping with our theme of “Go and do it,” todays application is designed to get you out in the world and being intentional about your “thirst” for God. Only this time rather than just you, we want to include more than just yourself in the process.

Items needed:

  • a Bible
  • a group of people

Directions:

     Many churches provide an opportunity for you to connect with a smaller group of people in a different setting outside of your normal worship service. Whether it’s called small groups, life groups, community groups, sunday school , etc. Most churches have a supplemental group of some kind. Make a commitment to attend this group for a month. Then see if you find your desire for God being refreshed by the conversation and teaching. God works wonderfully when we engage him, especially within the context of a group of believers who have a common goal.
     If no group exists. Start one. It does not take a rocket scientist, just someone who is willing to gather their friends and study God’s Word together. Go do it!
John 19:30–  When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
     This moment is one that often comes to mind when we think of the crucifixion. Jesus lifting his head up and announcing to the world that he had accomplished his mission. In short, he was finished. However this also a very profound moment in the life of every person that ever lived. Why? This was the moment where every soul in the world found the thing that we all long for. The thing that drives our hearts is simple but unique, it is freedom. We all want it, and luckily for us Jesus made it so that it was attainable for us. The question is. . . What will we do with it?

Prayer:

We all have a choice. We can embrace Jesus or reject Jesus. Freedom as it pertains to our relationship with Christ comes in two parts. We have the freedom to choose how we engage him and the freedom that comes when we choose to accept his gift. The freedom that comes with a life dedicated to him, is a free gift. However we ultimate have the freedom to choose to accept it. Where do you fit in this picture?
  • Embrace the silence around you. Take this time to clear your mind, and remove any distractions from your presence.
  • Thank God for his gift of Freedom. Make a choice about what your are going to do with this freedom.
  • Again embrace the silence around you. Breathe in, then breathe out. Now go and live in the freedom that God offers us all. Take the rest of the time today to do whatever you need to do to best embrace the freedom that God offers. Today is “free” embrace it.

Individual Reflection

Lectio Divina:

1. Read 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 slowly a few times (Lectio)

16But when anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.17Now the Lord is the Holy Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, freedom is also there.
18Our faces are not covered with a veil. We all display the Lord’s glory. We are being changed to become more like him so that we have more and more glory. And the glory comes from the Lord, who is the Holy Spirit.

2. Ponder the text (Meditatio)

  • What is true freedom?
  • Where is the Spirit of the Lord?
  • Does being more like Him bring more freedom?
  • How does my freedom in Christ bring more glory to Him?

3. Speak to God (Oratio)

Jesus, I know the Spirit of the Lord is on you.
And that The Father has anointed you to tell the good news to me.
He has sent you Lord to announce my freedom
From my imprisonment by sin and injustice
God has sent you so that I will truly be able to see
He wants you to free all of us who are beaten down.
And to announce that today I am set free! – Luke 4:18-19 (paraphrased)

4. Find a quiet place (Contemplatio)

Let your Good News wash over me today.
Open my eyes that I may see clearly.
Announce again that I am free in you.
And may my spirit rejoice because of it.
Speak Lord, for your servant is listening.

Individual Application

 

Introduction:

One of the great things about freedom is how it relieves pressure and stress from our lives. One of the greatest times in our life and probably the time we experience the most true freedom from stress in when we are children. Today is a day set aside to bring out the child in you, even if its just for a little bit.

Items needed:

A game of some kind.Whether you play a sport outside, a video game, or a board game, the choice is yours. You just have to play it with a group of friends.

Directions:

Get a group of friends together and spend sometime reliving your childhood. Kickback, have some fun, and don’t worry about life for a little while. Just enjoy the freedom to be who you are as God’s child!

Group Study

How’d It Go?(In groups of 2-3)

  • How did you get to apply what you learned about “thirst” this past week?

Warming Up

  • Can you think of a story, book, or movie that teaches a message of freedom?
  • Other than your salvation, can you think of a time when you experienced freedom?

Digging In

Jesus said, “It is finished.”-John 19:30
How many times in the Gospel of John does Jesus talk about His hour? He would say, “My hour has not yet come,” or ” the hour is coming.” It was as if Jesus was hearing the chimes of a clock that nobody else could hear. The life of the Lord Jesus Christ — the sum total of His ministry and mission — was leading to this one, final cry, “Tetelestai” or “It is finished.” From His birth, through His boyhood, manhood, and public ministry,
Jesus’ focus was to finish the work His Father had given to Him — the work of redemption.
  • What was Jesus’ main objective in coming to earth?  (John 4:34 & 17:4)
The phrase “It is finished” is translated from the Greek word “tetelestai” which was actually written on papyrus documents when a business transaction had been completed.
  • Why do you think Jesus chose to use this statement at this point?
  • What is the significance of this statement in terms of purpose or focus?
  • How is the willingness to suffer critical to completing one’s mission?
  • How does knowing that the penalty for our sins is “paid in full” impact the way you think and live?
  • In light of the freedom from the penalty of sin that Jesus provided for us, how do you interpret Galatians 5:1?

Take It Away

For next week:
  • How can and will you begin putting what we have learned into practice this coming week?

Close in Prayer

Take turns thanking God for paying the penalty for our sins and ask Him to help you to keep this in mind so that you can/will live out of gratitude in the future.

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