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Alive - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

John’s description of the end of the crucifixion is a powerful and moving account that keeps Jesus in control throughout, including at the moment of his death. Jesus announces when his life is finishing and then, in an authoritative sign, freely gives up his spirit. This is not a defeated end with a conquered soul; this is Jesus embracing death in order to bring about the victory of Easter Sunday.

This gift is the ultimate sacrifice made for each one of us, undeserved by any of us, but freely and generously granted to us by God. This unexpected redemption, the counterintuitive nature of God’s grace, can be seen throughout the imagery of Good Friday: the bleak ending that became a fresh start for everyone, every day; the death that brought about new life; the despair of the crucifixion that gives us new hope.

It is finished and yet – wonderfully, joyously – it is also just beginning.

Suffering God, in Your sacrifice I am saved; through Your generosity, I am freed. Inspire me to embrace the abundant gift You have shared with me, to espouse a life of worship and service, to live in praise and thanksgiving, in joyful gratitude for all You have given me. In the bleakness of Good Friday, still me to hear Your voice of hope. Amen.

John 19:28-30

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfil the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

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