It is Finished
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 23,25; John 19
Today’s Key Passage – John 19:17-30
Anyone who knows me well can attest to the fact that I am a perfectionist. Sometimes, this trait can serve me well, but more often than not, I run into problems. My compulsive need to make everything perfect is particularly a problem when I am working on projects. No matter what I am working on, I never seem to actually finish. Even when I think my work is complete and I believe the project is finished, I usually think of one or two things I could do to improve upon my work. Once I complete those tasks and think I am done, I usually come up with one or two more things I could do to make it better. It is a frustrating cycle, and it is something I have struggled with my entire life.
Sadly, many people have the same reaction to Christ’s work on the cross. Though He proclaimed, “It is finished” (Vs. 30), we are still tempted to try to add something to what He did. We wrongly believe that we need to earn our salvation by our own deeds or actions, when in reality, He has already done everything that needed to be done. Believing that we need to add to Christ’s work on the cross is not just damaging to our faith; it is actually sin. When we try to earn our salvation by our own works, we are effectively saying that what Jesus did was not enough for us. We are saying that though his work was finished, we have found one or two more things we think we can do to try to improve upon His work. When you think about it in these terms, it is easy to see why focusing on our deeds as a method to salvation is so caustic to our faith. We are saved by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. His work on the cross is all we need to receive complete forgiveness for all of our sins. Do not try to add to His beautiful masterpiece. It is already finished.
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Posted on August 17, 2014, in 04 - John and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Salvation, Trust. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.