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It Is Finished!

 

The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfmillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him--something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came. John stated that Jesus came to acomplish a specific work: to "destroy" the work of Satan--which is sin. (1 John 3:8)

Never build your case for forgiveness on merely the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the entire progress of biblical revelation which culminates in and through the person of Christ. It makes the Cross unnecessary and the redemption “much ado about nothing.” God forgives sin only because of the death of Christ. God could forgive people in no other way than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted as Savior because of His death. The greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that which sounded on the Cross of Christ—“It is finished!” That is the final word in the redemption of humankind.

 Anything that lessens or completely obliterates the holiness of God, through a false view of his love, contradicts the truth of God as revealed by Jesus Christ. Never allow yourself to believe that Jesus stands with us, and against God, out of pity and compassion, or that He became a curse for us out of sympathy for us. Jesus became a curse for us by divine decree. Our part in realizing the tremendous meaning of his curse is the conviction of sin. Conviction is given to us as a gift of shame and repentance; it is the great mercy of God.  Jesus Christ hates the sin in people, and Calvary is the measure of His hatred.  (Adapted from O. Chambers)

When we view the crucifixion as the work of Christ which destroys the previous and damning work of Satan, we also behold the command and control of Jesus while He suffered. To mingle the love of God with His curse and the victory of Christ by His suffering, we can see how the Holy Spirit would convict us of our own sin and desperate condition. It is sobering to realize that Jesus finished a work we could never do; in fact, it is quite terrifying. 

Where does the work of Satan still hinder you? It has been overthrown by Christ. Where do you sense the conviction of the Spirit? It is a gift of God—even mercy—that we might walk in the work of Christ as those made new. His mercy is new each day. Where do you sense an offering of this mercy?

 

 

 

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