It’s Good Friday. Why is it called that when Jesus was put to death on the cross? It’s because of the work that was accomplished by Him that day. It appeared terrible for Him, but in reality, it was the whole reason He came to earth, and the end result of what was completed gives Him great joy. Jesus bridged the gap between God and us. He hung on the cross and took all of our sins so that we could be right with His Father. When Jesus uttered the words “It Is Finished,” He was done with that sacred work.
When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed his head and gave up His spirit.
Became Our Substitute
The work that Jesus had been sent to do was finished. He had accomplished the will of His Father. Three short words summarize the atoning work of the cross. He had taken our sin and became our substitute, and it had satisfied the wrath of God. The perfect sacrifice had been accepted, and Jesus gave up His spirit. His body had been broken, and His blood poured out so that we could be made right with God.
Made a New Creation
The finishing work of Christ is a complete and deep work in the lives of those who put their faith in Him. Not only are our sins removed from us, but we are made new creations in Him. The old life that was in bondage to sin has been crucified with Christ, and we have been resurrected. While we continue in our old bodies, the Spirit within us has changed. All the doubt, discouragement, and death that accompanied our sin has been replaced by love, joy, and peace.
Does the finishing work of Christ mark you? Has sin and death been defeated in your life? If it hasn’t, there is good news. If you diverted from God’s design for your life and goes and done your own thing, you’ve realized that it hasn’t worked out. The good news is that Christ came so that your sins could be forgiven and that your life could be changed. Through His death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave, you can be made right in God’s eyes. All you need to do is repent of your sins believe that Jesus came to save you. When you do, you are put on a path to restoration. Let the finishing work of Christ change you today.
By Pastor Steven Hynes