If it is Finished What is There Left to Do?

 

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

 

When Jesus uttered these climatic words on the cross at the hinge point of history, little did His onlookers appreciate the impact they would have on your life and mine. He had just achieved all that you and I need to walk free from sin and its consequences. He had lived the sinless life, and had been the perfect sacrifice to satisfy God’s demands. His work was finished! Today, as far as pleasing God is concerned, there is nothing left to do except trust Him in faith. So your Christian life begins with a big “Done”, not a long “To Do” list of religious observances. Jesus has done it all, and when we trust in Him we are completely acceptable to God.

Put it this way: does your behavior qualify you to believe, or does your belief impact your behavior? God positions you in Christ, then your Christian practice flows out of this new place of favor and blessing. Your heart has to be changed, then your hand will do what God wants. Your conduct depends on your calling, not the other way round. In learning to walk free, don’t get the cart before the horse! The Bible way is to work things from the inside out, not from the outside in. Receive into your heart all that Jesus has already done, then act out what is on the inside. This is the heart of what is described in the Bible as the ‘new creation’.

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