Today the LORD reminded me of THREE WORDS and those words I focus on now.
John 19:30 – “…It is finished!…….” NKJV
IT IS FINISHED! Jesus was on the cross giving His life a ransom for whosoever would and will come to Him. He was satisfying divine justice that blood had to be shed for the past, present, and future sins of mankind. He is purchasing the race back from the legal control of the devil. As he was hanging on the Cross, He uttered the words IT IS FINISHED! Does that mean the all hope is now gone and he failed? Heaven forbid, it means the exact opposite!
Those words meant that He has succeeded in accomplishing what mankind could not accomplish for itself. He came born of a woman, lived among us yet without sin, and presented himself as a blemish-free sacrifice to satisfy the demands of divine justice, and now we can enter in because IT IS FINISHED!
There is no more sacrifice needed to purchase our salvation. No works of the flesh can ever earn the right to enter in. No amount of penitence, no amount of keeping rules and regulations can buy that entry. It is only by recognizing that He is truly the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world that we have hope. It is only receiving Him as Messiah, Savior, and Lord that we have peace. It is by Grace that we are saved, through Faith and not of works it is THE GIFT OF GOD!
The Finished Work of Christ is complete! How complete is complete? We can add nothing to it and can take nothing away from it. We receive it by faith and through the miracle of salvation, the Blood of Jesus is applied to the doorposts of our hearts and we are transformed out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are, by faith, crucified with Him, and now the life that we live in the flesh we live by the faith “of” (KJV) or “in” (NKJV, NASB) the Son of God. He lives through us. We manifest Him to the world. His life becomes intertwined with ours so that when people see us, they see Jesus.
I’m not suggesting that we don’t have flaws and from time to time exhibit wrong character but we are moving from glory to glory and as we behold Him and turn our focus upon Him and surrender our lives to Him we become more and more and more like Him. Because He lives, we live! Because He loves, we love. Because He is accepted by the Father, we are accepted in Him.
Stop trying to earn your salvation, you cannot. Stop beating yourselves up when you stumble, run to Him with a broken & contrite heart and He will pick you up and restore you. You are Alive in Him now and your eternal Destiny is Eternity with Him in Glory! Be encouraged, be of good cheer, be alive! Truly it is Christ in you that is the hope of Glory. As you go through your day remember that your life may be the only Bible that some people ever read, so what is the Gospel according to you?
Sow your gospel seed and trust God for the watering and harvesting to take place. Like the old song and saying – “Brighten the corner where you are” and “Bloom where you are planted.”
May you enjoy the rich Blessings of the Lord as you enjoy this wonderful day that the Lord has made!