In HIS Presence


Read: John 19: 1-42 

Meditation verse: 

“So, when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘it is finished’. And bowing  His head, He gave up His spirit” (John 19:30) 

It was a very sad and hopeless day in Jerusalem on this day over 2000 years ago.  The One whom the Jews believed had come to deliver them from Roman oppression had just been crucified on a cross between two criminals. The  disciples were in panic mode. Some of them had fled and gone into hiding. Peter  was probably still reeling from guilt as he recalled denying his master three times and now his master was dead. Mary had just witnessed her beloved son die a  shameful death. One can only imagine the confusion, gloom and dejection that  hung in the air. Darkness seemed to be winning. 

But the One who hung on the cross knew it was in fulfillment of God’s plan for  the salvation of mankind and that in three days, He would rise again. The entire  human race and not just the Jews were under a much more severe bondage than  the Roman oppression. We were all under the bondage of sin because of the fall  of the first Adam and the price for our freedom was the death of Jesus Christ on  the cross. So, Amid the hopelessness of the day, scripture was being fulfilled. The  price for our freedom had just been paid. That’s why the last words of Jesus as  He hung on that old, rugged cross were “it is finished”. What did He mean? He  meant that He had paid it all, there was no more sacrifice left. We were now free, free from sin, separation from God, sickness, demonic oppression, poverty, and death. The portal for reconciliation back to God had just been opened. 

John 3:16-19 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten  Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the  world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned;  but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed  in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that  the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light,  because their deeds were evil. 

Have you accepted this light? Have you asked Jesus to come into your heart?  Today is a good day to do so. It is finished, refuse to remain under the bondage  of sin.


IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

If you prayed this prayer, send me an email at I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my book; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your new life in Christ.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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