Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Edifier du jour-John 19:28-30
Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the 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.
"It is finished" was a financial term of the day having the meaning of "paid in full." By his death, he rendered all the animal sacrifices of the Mosaic Law moot. He took the rap for us for all our sins for all time; the slate has been wiped clean. I had written back on Good Friday about the story about the sacrificial lamb of Yom Kipper not being effective after Jesus died, that the usual miracle of the red ribbon turning white ceased from then until the destruction of the temple in 70AD. I had the story right but the source wrong; it was the Talmund, not Josephus, that had the story. That miffs modern Jews that they're having their religious commentaries quoted back at them to show they've missed out on the Messiah.

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