At Calvary Jesus declares, “It is finished.” This was not a cry of defeat, but of victory. The word “finished” used here means “to do something perfectly
.” You could translate it “perfectly perfect” or “completely complete”. The atoning work of Jesus on the cross is perfect in every aspect and perfect in every respect.
“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us to glory and virtue…”
2 Peter 1:3
Everything you will ever need, in time and eternity, whether spiritual or physical, financial or material, emotional or relational, has been provided by that one sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is “perfectly perfect and completely complete”.
Jesus finished His plan to restore you, rescue you, and redeem you before He ever started. From the very beginning, there was purpose.
Man lost his relationship and fellowship with God in the garden by the first man Adam. As Romans 3:10 states, “…there is none righteous, no, not one.”
When the first Adam fell, we all who were born after his likeness, fell. When he died, we all died. (See 1 Corinthians 15:22, which says, “ In Adam all die…”
This malady of death inherited by mankind from Adam is made much clearer in Romans 5:12, where the Word of God declares:
“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world,
and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned.”
” is not just committing some terrible treason or crime. The word “sin
” used here means “to miss the mark and not to share in the prize
.” Simply put, to “sin
” is to come short of the character of Christ. We all fall into this category; we have all, by God’s definition, “missed the mark
is a broad, encompassing word that refers to when we fail to give God His rightful place in our lives. Sin
is leading lives that withhold from God the glory that all His creatures owe to Him. We may not all have committed adultery, been fraudulent, got drunk, stolen, robbed, lied, cheated or killed, but we all have done one thing since the First Adam. We have turned to our own way
, which is not God’s way
Sinners, by their very nature, can only sin.
Sin can be thought of as a case of mistaken identity. Even good works done by sinners are done for wrong reasons and because of that wrong motivation are still done in sin
. Jesus told the “do-gooder” Pharisees in Matthew 23:27 that they were like graves painted white
; beautiful on the outside, but on the inside full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. God looks at the whole person – not just the outside, but the heart itself.
Until one’s nature is supernaturally transformed by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and being born again, a person is by default and definition a “sinner
” – someone who goes their own way and misses the mark of God.
However, God did not determine to leave us in this fallen condition, but to put us back on His path
“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost”.
“For the wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
From the very beginning, God had a plan for man.
For every aspect of mankind’s fallen condition here on earth, God had a plan. He has a plan for repairing the breach, healing the devastation and curing disease. He has a plan for provision. He has a plan for mankind’s complete
Revelation 13:8 declares, “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world…”
From the very beginning, God had a master plan for all of mankind. God is a personal God – He also has a plan designed for you and I individually
When your family wasn’t there, when you were left alone, crying inside and you thought no one
heard you – God had a plan. When you experienced financial loss, God had a plan to turn it around from the very beginning. When you lost your job, family, friends, home, and respect – God had a plan. When you walked through that divorce, God had a plan. When the trust was broken and betrayal knocked the breath out of you, when the stress caused so much hurt, when you were torn about where to go or what to do – God had a plan
When you faced physical sickness, diseased in your body, and not sure that God would complete what he promised you, God had a plan. When you were tearing at your inner most part of your faith, even though you grew up believing God, but doubted His promise to heal you – God had a plan
When you struggled and drowned in addictions,
depending on everything else but people, turned to alcohol and pain killers, trying to find a way to escape – God had a plan. Nothing is too hard for God
! He had a plan for you from the very beginning!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
Why would He do it?
What drove Jesus Christ to pursue you and me? His love for His Father
and His love for you
drives Him to draw you and me ever closer to Him with tender cords of loving kindness.
Even though He hated the shame and pain of the cross, He stood firm under the most intense pressure of the world. He bore under the most severe, rigorous, extreme unpleasant hardship and treatment…why? For the joy set before Him. He endured the cross with you on His mind!
That’s why Hebrews 12:2 says, “Who for the Joy that was set before him endured the cross….despising the shame…”
The joy that Jesus Christ set His mind upon while enduring crucifixion, shame, and death was our
salvation through His death and reconciliation
with God. To reconcile
means to bring together again those who are alienated and to re-unite those who are at variance.
Everything you will ever need, in time and eternity, whether spiritual or physical, financial or material, emotional or relational, has been provided by this one sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. It is “perfectly perfect
and completely complete
Jesus finished His plan to restore you, rescue you, and redeem you before He ever started. For every aspect of mankind’s fallen condition here on earth, God has a plan. For everything that you have ever encountered or walked through, God has a plan. Remember, 2015 is the year of God’s favor and grace! Jesus came to bring you life
, and life more abundantly
. As you receive the immeasurable grace and favor He bestowed upon us all this Easter, remember that He has so much more in store for you than you could ever imagine
! God bless you!