So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
May 25, 2020
Young Billy Sunday was born into poverty in Iowa. His father had been killed in the Civil War when Billy was only 5 weeks old. He spent some time in an orphanage. But because he was a natural-born athlete, he became a major-league baseball player for the Chicago White Stockings (White Sox, today).
One day on a street corner, he and some fellow ballplayers stopped to hear a Gospel team from a local mission. Billy Sunday was saved. His teammates and even his fans noticed the change in him.
Soon he left baseball to become an evangelist himself. He was one of the most celebrated preachers of the early 1900s. He dined with Presidents—but his greatest appeal was to the common folks who came to his revival meetings.
After a meeting ended one day, a young man who had been in the service and under great conviction found Billy Sunday and earnestly pleaded, “Oh Mr. Sunday! I need to be saved! What can I do to be saved?”
Billy said, “I’m sorry. You’re too late.” The young man said, “Oh, but I wanted to be saved. I should have been saved. What must I do to be saved?”
And Billy Sunday said, “You’re too late to do anything to be saved, for Jesus has already done it all. It’s finished. All you need to do is receive what He’s already done.” Then and there he led the young man to Jesus.
Upon the cross, with His last word, the Lord Jesus Christ cried out, “It is finished!” The work of redemption was done. What must you do to be saved? There’s nothing more for you to do than to receive what Jesus has already done.