Jesus said, “It Is Finished!” John 19:30

Old cross and abstract grunge easter egg conceptWithout a doubt the Easter season is a special time of the year.  For most Christians the sacrifices our Savior made upon Calvary’s Cross is something that is not remembered in a single event but is constantly in our thoughts.  After enduring the excruciating pain and suffering related to Calvary’s Cross, in His finale breath Jesus spoke these words, “It is finished!”

Because He said, “It is finished!” we need never say, “I’m finished!”  His finished work of redemptive grace means that we can never be finished, defeated, or conquered by sin, fear, anxiety, frustration, temptation, poverty, brokenness, or failed relationships.  His finished work exhibited God’s grace, forgiveness, and deliverance from our sins.

We no longer have to fear judgment or feel the pain of un-forgiveness.   Our relationship to God through Christ allows us the freedom and liberty that only grace can provide.  A person fully committed to Christ respects and honors the freedom and liberty that has been entrusted to them.  The Apostle Paul helps us understand our responsibilities, “What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death.”  Romans 6:1-4

Through the very gift of our faith we know that God has renewed and restored, He has cleansed and purified, He has blessed and honored, and He has made us free from the power of wickedness and sin.  It is finished!  Satan no longer has a grip on our souls or a lock on our character.

It occurs to me that because of Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s Cross our work in being a witness for Him is never finished.  Because of His grace to me, I’ll never be finished with my calling to share the Good News of His love, grace, peace, and forgiveness.  I’ll never cease to try and glorify Him in all that I think and do.  I’ll continue to my last breath to deliver the hope and joy found in the in-filling of His Holy Spirit.  And with your prayers for continued health, stamina, and grace may I utilize the unique platform God has given me through Men’s Ministry Catalyst to encourage folks in their faith and family life.

As we take a break away from the concerns of the war, from the sorrows and disappointments life brings, from the sadness of failed relationships, from the busy schedules we all have – may we really reflect on the message God gave us through these three powerful words – It is finished!

Have a great Easter.  He has Risen! He has Risen Indeed!

Personal Application:

  1. This week what opportunities will you have with family and friends to share the message of a risen Savior?
  2. How can you better project the message of God’s grace?
  3. What was Paul trying to project to the Romans in his letter? See Romans 3:24.

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Jim Grassi, D. Min.