Friday, March 27, 2015

It is Finished!

It is finished!

These were the last words of Jesus on the cross. With His last breath He made known that the work of the cross was already finished. There is nothing more to be done. But what was the work of the cross? We can see a good description in Isaiah:

Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:4-6 
(Amplified Bible - emphasis added)

Notice the words I put in bold; these are the things that Jesus took from us or gave to us when He went to the cross. Let's look at it another way:

Jesus took from us:

Jesus added to us:
So why are so many of God's children living in guilt and shame? 

Why are so many Christians afflicted by sickness and disease?

Why is so much of the church bound by emotional hurts and stress?

Why are so many of God's servants held back by personal weakness and faults?

So many are waiting on God when God is waiting on us!

Jesus said His part is finished which means it is now up to us. We need to realize what it is that He did for us and make it real in our lives. We need to confess the truth over our lives rather than the facts and we need to speak that truth into existence. We need to learn how to change our life in order to match with the Word and not try to twist the Word to match our experience.

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