by Rex Yancey

History’s Central Event
Rex Yancey
John 19:30

Fanny Crosby wrote Jesus keep me near the cross. This song is a prayer that Christian’s should pray daily. Our tendency is to move away from the cross rather than to draw near to it.

Another hymn declares On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross. A besetting sin of Christian’s is to keep the cross at a distance, on a hill to far away.

One of England’s most prolific writers became a Christian and wrote a book entitled The Man Born to be King. In it she said: “From the beginning of time until now this is the only thing that has really happened. When you understand this you will understand all prophecies and all history.”

The Word of God keeps drawing us back to the basic act of Christianity. It reminds us that unlike other religions, Christianity is not a philosophy or teaching, but an event. We do not earn Christianity; we do not learn Christianity, we experience Christianity.

So today, let’s talk about the central event in history and what it means to us today. Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.” I am grateful he did not say “I am finished.” The Pharisees hoped he was finished. The demons in hell were thinking he was finished. Even his disciples thought he was finished. But Jesus said, “It” was finished.

This Greek word is a servant’s word. The servant would use this word as he addressed his master. “I have done what you have asked me to do. I have finished the task you have assigned me.”

Jimmy told Bobby “My Dad can whip your Dad.” Bobby went home and told his Daddy. His Daddy went to see Jimmy’s Daddy and told him he heard he had a list of people he could whip and that he was first on the list. He told him he couldn’t do it and what was he going to do about it. Jimmy’s Dad said, “Well, I will just take your name off the list.”

-We start some things we cannot finish. But Jesus started what he finished.

This Greek word is a priest’s word. The priest would check the ...

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