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Pondering the Finality of Christ’s Saving Work

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 )

And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
(Hebrews 10:11-14 )

I love these verses. I love a lot of Bible verses, but these two have been prominent in my mind the past few days. “It is finished.” Wow. The sacrifice of our Savior was whole, complete, and utterly perfect. He offered Himself willingly, out of obedience to His Father, and when all had been accomplished, He voluntarily “bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Then, walking into the heavenly Holy of Holies, He presented the perfect sacrifice of Himself to the Father and, upon offering that sacrifice, Jesus Christ sat down. Earthly priests didn’t sit down while rendering their service. Why? Because the animal sacrifices which they were offering could never atone and purify the sins of men. Rather, every sacrifice pointed to the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus Christ. And that sacrifice was full, sufficient, and perfectly atoned for the sins of all those who will repent and trust in Him for salvation. And now He sits, His saving work accomplished, as He waits for that time when He will return again.

If God has saved you, then you have been, you are, and you will be forgiven. “It is finished.” Not, “it will be finished…someday.” Not, “Well, as long as they do their best, then I’ve done the rest.” Nope, it’s done, it’s accomplished. Jesus Christ was punished for your sin. Enduring the punishment that we as wretched, fallen, depraved sinners deserve, He bore the full wrath of God so that we never will. How often do we thank Him for His perfect, unwavering obedience to His Father in this? I think of the mocking He endured on the cross. Jeers of, “why don’t You come down from there and save Yourself?” You and I know that Christ could have come down from the cross that day, but He didn’t. If He had, in saving Himself, He would have utterly failed in His mission and assignment from the Father. And so He remained on the cross, beaten, bloodied and in certain agony…and as such each drop of His blood covers our sins with His righteousness. Amazing grace, indeed.

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