This is a brain teaser with many possible great answers. Let your mind begin browsing through it’s storeroom and ask it to choose some of the “greatest 3-word phrases in all of history.”
If you are a baseball fan, it might be: “going, going, GONE!”
If wartime is in that storeroom, it might be: “war is over.”
If you stumble into the romance section, it might be: “I love you.”
If finances pop up, it might be: “we’re debt free.”
If health issues come to mind, it might be “you’re in remission.”
If family takes center stage, it could be: “it’s a girl” or “it’s a boy.”
If work crosses your mind, it could be: “the job’s mine!”
If you’re in the military, it just might be: “I’m coming home.”
If you are spiritually minded, it could be: “God so loved.”
All of these and more are great 3-word phrases.
However, I would like to make a case for what I believe is the #1, most important, 3-word phrase in all of human history. Yes, I know that’s saying a lot, but consider these truths.
First, there is a God and He was the Creator of every human being.
Second, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
Third, God has always loved every human being.
Fourth, God put a plan together, a scheme of redemption for human sinners.
Fifth, at the center of God’s design was the blood sacrifice of the Son of God.
Sixth, that offering would allow God to be both just and the justifier of humans.
Seventh, IMHO the most important 3-word phrase is: “It is finished.”
Jesus spoke those words from the cross. What was finished? God’s scheme of redemption, His plan to make salvation possible for humans, had finally made God’s greatest desire a reality. The price for all of the sins of humanity had finally been paid, making salvation possible to all who would surrender to Christ and make Him their LORD and Savior.
John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
All that was left to be done, to make redemption possible, was revealed in what I believe is the second most important 3-word phrase in all of human history: “He has risen.”
Mt 28:5-6 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where he lay.
Put them together and you have, 3 words spoken by Jesus and 3 words spoken by an angel, the 6 most critically significant words ever spoken: “It is finished” & “He has risen”.
Nothing can ever top those. God bless.
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