Good Friday April 3 :: Finished

Crucifixion (detail), Salvador Dali (1954, Spanish)image  :: Crucifixion (detail), Salvador Dali (1954, Spanish)

“It is finished.”
John 19:30                                            

’Tis finished! The Messiah dies,
Cut off for sins, but not his own!
Accomplished is the sacrifice,
The great redeeming work is done;
Finished the first transgression is,
And purged the guilt of actual sin,
And everlasting righteousness
Is now to all the world brought in.

’Tis finished, all my guilt and pain,
I want no sacrifice beside,
For me, for me, the Lamb is slain,
And I am more than justified;
Sin, death, and hell are now subdued,
All grace is now to sinners given,
And lo, I plead th’ atoning blood,
For pardon, holiness, and heaven.

Charles Wesley, Short Hymns on Select Passages of the Holy Scriptures (1762)

sound  :: Sechs Sprüche, MWV SD 42, Op. 79, On Good Friday, Felix Mendelssohn (1874–77)

[Wesley leads us in amazement at the efficacy of the finished work of Christ. Atonement’s triple victory & blessing. Also, Mendelssohn’s “Six Sayings”]

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