(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)

John 19:28-20, "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."

When Jesus was crucified and gave up his spirit, his mission as the suffering servant, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, was completed. However, he rose from the dead and his reign as the resurrected king was just beginning. When the women went to the tomb on the third day, Sunday, they found the soldiers had fled, the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty.

An angel appeared to them and said "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen, just as he said." The women went and told the disciples. Jesus met Mary at the tomb. Jesus came to the upper room. He met two disciples on the Road to Emmaus. He kept appearing the the disciples that first week. He met with them for 40 days, even with over 500 believers at one meeting. He ate with them and let him touch his nail-scared body. Then Jesus ascended into the heaven. His reign as the resurrected king was not over.

Jesus holds a seat at the right hand of the Father. He is preparing a place for us and is interceding for us with the Father. He is with us always even unto the end of the age. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Jesus' reign as the resurrected king will never end.

The red-letter words of the resurrected king say, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." They also say, "Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live." Jesus work on the cross is finished, but his reign as the resurrected king is eternal.

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