The Finished Work of Christ

It is finished

These are the greatest and most important words ever uttered in the history of Mankind and they were uttered by the greatest Man that ever lived on planet earth. The man was Jesus Christ. Not an ordinary Man. Not only a Man with high moral standards and merely a prophet. He was God’s only begotten Son. Conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary. The God-man. Never before and never after was there and will there be a Man like Him. He was one of a kind and came on a mission to this earth. He was without sin. Even though He was tempted in every way while He lived on earth He never gave in to any temptation. Is such a thing possible, you may ask? Yes, it is true. That is why He came and the Bible says it is true (Hebrews 2: 18; 2 Cor 5:21).

‘It is finished!’

Jesus said these words at the end of His life. After He was falsely accused for sins that He did not commit. The Roman authorities condemned Him to die on a cross, after Pontius Pilate was instigated by the Jewish authorities. He died a criminal’s death, although He was no criminal. He was sentenced by the Jews on charges of blasphemy. They said that He claimed to be the Messiah, the Son of God. Jesus said these words as He hung on the cross, as He was suffering and dying. These are the most important words that were ever uttered by any Man.

It is accomplished

But, what was finished? I will try to sum up the most important points for you although the breadth and height of the meaning of these words have filled volumes of books.

• The price that was paid as a ransom for the sin of believing sinners was paid in full. The punishment for sin was laid on the shoulders of Jesus Christ. He died in the place of believers. The just punishment for sin is death, as revealed in God’s Word (Romans 6:23). We had to die for our sins, but Jesus Christ died in our place, as our substitute, so that you and I can be innocent of sin. There was a divine transaction. Our sins were accounted to Him on the cross and His righteousness (sinlessness, perfection) was accounted to us. Your sin was laid on Him, and His righteousness was put on you (Romans 5:6-21). In other words, God will freely forgive and justify believers now on the basis of what Christ has done.

• Jesus broke the power of sin on the cross to set believers free from its rule and power (Romans 6:6-8; Matthew 1:21).

• God disarmed and defeated principalities and powers, the devil and His angels, making an open spectacle of them and triumphing over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15).

• God reconciled (united) believing sinners with Himself at the cross. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) He demolished the enmity between Himself and believers at the cross (Colossians 1:20).

• God’s anger (wrath) and justice towards believing sinners was satisfied by Jesus dying in their place on the cross. God’s justice for sin needed to be satisfied, and Jesus met God’s requirement because He was God’s perfect offering for sin (Isaiah 53:10). He was God in the flesh who never sinned.

All this Jesus did for those who trust in Christ alone. What Christ accomplished at the cross 2000 years ago, will only become a reality in your life if you truly turn from your sins (your idolatry, adultery, stealing, lies, covetousness, murder, pride, ungratefulness, gossip, indifference, slander, drunkenness, dishonoring parents and taking God’s Name in vain) and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Have you truly repented of your sins? Have you trusted in Christ for salvation? If you love your sins and the evils of this world and reject Christ, then the wrath of God will abide on you forever!

It is finished! Is it finished in you?

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