A Message from Your Senior Pastor
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. (John 19:29-30)


Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
 
“It is finished.”

With these words Jesus announces the completion of his work.

In the Greek of the New Testament “It is finished” does not mean “It’s over; this is the end; I’m done for.” It is finished means “It is completed; it is perfected.”

But what is completed on the cross?

Twice in Chapter 1 of the Book of John, John the Baptist calls Jesus “The Lamb of God” (John 1:29, 36) .

And what does Jesus, the Lamb of God, do?

John tells us, “This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) .

When Jesus says, “It is finished” he is saying “My death takes away the sin of the world.”

Nothing else needs be done.

Article XX of The United Methodist Articles of Religion puts it this way:

Article XX — Of the One Oblation of Christ, Finished upon the Cross
The offering of Christ, once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone.

You do not have to do anything to earn God’s forgiveness. In Christ, your sins have been wiped away.

All that is needed is to “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:31) .

In what ways can you allow your belief that Jesus has indeed taken away both your sins and the sin of the world guide your actions today?

Almighty God, who in the passion of your blessed Son made an instrument of painful death to be for us the means of life and peace; grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer for his sake; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Donnie Wilkinson


PS: Tonight, I hope you will join your church family in a special Maundy Thursday livestream worship experience at 7:00 p.m. I hope that, in the same way Jesus shared a meal with his disciples, you will share a meal with your family and then participate in worship together.
How We Can Best Love Each Other
PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY
If you or a family member is sick, may have been directly exposed to the virus, or have traveled to a high-alert area (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan), please follow the CDC guidelines and refrain from attending public events during the 14-day incubation period.

WORSHIP
While meetings on campus are suspended, please worship with us online via our livestream on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AND SMALL GROUPS
Adult Sunday School classes and small groups are invited to continue the church-wide study of The Covenant: A Lenten Journey . The self-guided curriculum can be found here . You can do this study with your family from the comfort of your kitchen table.

CONGREGATIONAL CARE
Our congregational care team remains committed to offering excellent care to our congregation but is suspending in-person visits to hospitals and nursing homes. If you get sick, have a death in the family, or have another emergency, please call the church office at 225-924-6269 and follow the prompts to leave a message for the pastor on call.

Please use this form if you have additional questions about Broadmoor United Methodist’s response to the coronavirus. You can also call Mary Saltzman at 225-924-6269.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS

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