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It is Finished

“Jesus … said, ‘It is finished,’ and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30). Both Matthew and Mark record that Jesus cried out in a loud voice just before dying. It’s possible that this is the content of that loud cry. This is not Jesus finally... Read more →

What Does It Mean To Be Blessed?

Quite possibly, the most frequently used word in the Christian’s vocabulary is blessed. “Have a blessed day,” “blessed to be a blessing,” and “God bless you” are just a few of the ways we put it to use. It’s even common among unbelievers to describe themselves as “blessed.” Some people... Read more →

Paid In Full

 Of the last sayings of Christ on the cross, none is more important or more poignant than, “It is finished.” Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He... Read more →

Blessed by God

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is probably the best-known and most often quoted of all of Jesus’ teachings, though arguably it is also the least understood and, without a doubt, the least obeyed. Matthew makes it clear that the targeted audience was not the masses fascinated by His... Read more →

Adding to a Masterpiece

 Could you improve on a masterpiece? Imagine that you are walking through the Louvre museum in Paris. As you approach the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, would you think about taking a palette and brushes and touching up the painting? Maybe put some more color in her cheeks? Perhaps... Read more →

Blessed Poverty

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). This is one of those statements which remind us there are always two sides to the gospel: there has to be an emptying before there can be a filling. There is a pulling down and... Read more →

Is God Finished With Me?

 Someone reading this article—it may be you—has failed the Lord, and you think perhaps God is finished with you. In Joshua 7 we read that, coming off the incredible victory over Jericho, God’s people Israel met a stunning defeat against the small city of Ai, because there was sin in... Read more →

Blessed Tears

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). We might almost translate this second Beatitude “Happy are the unhappy” in order to draw attention to the startling paradox it contains. What kind of sorrow can it be which brings the joy of Christ’s blessing to those... Read more →

God Will Finish It

“I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Philippians 1:6). God always finishes what He starts. All who love Christ desire to be like Him in spiritual perfection and absolute holiness. We want to please Him in every respect.... Read more →

Blessed Righteousness

“‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.’ … David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord... Read more →

Finishing Well

 How do you want to be remembered? What do you hope people will say about you after you are gone? How will the people who knew you best summarize 40 or 50 or 60 or 70 or 80 years of living? Here is Paul’s answer to that question. Writing from... Read more →

Blessing God

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:3). The Christian life is really a treasure hunt in which you progressively discover the vast wealth that already is yours because you are... Read more →

Focus to the Finish

 I read a humorous story about a bloodhound. He started chasing a deer but a fox crossed his path, so he started chasing the fox instead. After a while, a rabbit crossed his path, so the hound chased the rabbit. Yet later, a mouse crossed his path and the hound... Read more →

The Blessed Hope

[Editor’s note: The purpose of this abbreviated article is not to comment on the specific timing of events related to the Lord’s second coming, but rather to draw out of our hearts praise for the One who is our hope, and remind us that “everyone who thus hopes in Him... Read more →

God Is Watching

While we may sometimes fail to see any immediate results from serving the Lord, Malachi 3:16–18 is a remarkable passage that tells us God is watching and is documenting the faithful deeds of His children: “The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before... Read more →

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