“IT IS FINISHED!” (Part 2)

20110525-032602John 19:28-30 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished (ended), said in fulfillment of the Scripture, I thirst.

29 A vessel (jar) full of sour wine (vinegar) was placed there, so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a stalk, reed of] hyssop, and held it to [His] mouth.

30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

We are in part 2 of 3 of the “IT IS FINISHED” series and I must say this series has personally been a blessing for me. The revelation of God’s grace is coming alive for me in ways I’ve never experienced. It is my prayer that the words God imparts to me will inspire you as much as they have inspired me.

For this lesson we will dive into the book of Romans 3:23-25 

23 Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,

25 Whom God put forward [[b]before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.

Paul made it perfectly clear in verse 23 that ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. If you stop there in the scripture, the forecast for our relationship with God is very discouraging. However, verse 24 begins to shed light on the fullness of God’s plan for His children.

Romans 3:24 lays out the heart and love of Christ which says “[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus…”

The heart of God is to redeem His children to perfect standing in His sight and presence through Jesus Christ. A right standing which is better than the covenant made with Adam which was based on perfect obedience (Genesis 2:16-17).

This covenant based on perfect obedience which was created by God so man in all his wisdom could and would see his very need for God. And, yes we were made in God’s image with the free will to think and have dominion over all things (Genesis 1:26).

However, that which was based on perfect obedience was created to perfectly point to Jesus (Galatians 3:24). The love of Jesus is beyond comprehension. So much so that the love He has poured out on us petitions that we fully and completely receive His grace. Or for good measure, “AGGRESSIVELY RECEIVE HIS GRACE!”

To aggressively receive is to go all in without reservations, doubts or an analytical mind. Don’t over think it, just receive the love and grace of Jesus.

I like to say often that when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED,” He meant it! The love Jesus demonstrated on the cross for you and I was real and not meant to harbor doubt in our hearts.

Doubts that cause His children to ask, “does God really love me?” Doubts that cause His children to view themselves as “worthless.” Doubts that create a sense of “inadequacy” based on perfect obedience. Doubts that play over and over in your head saying “I’m not good enough.”

Doubts that are nothing more than lies from the author of lies who has been lying from the beginning of time (John 8:44). Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED” for all time and yes that promise is for past, present and all who are far off. To God be the glory, amen!

** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click“Prayer Request.”  I would love to pray for you. Please remain secure in the promise that all prayer request are kept confidential. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.

To God be the glory, amen.


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