At 9 am on the first Good Friday, the only innocent man who ever lived, hung on a tree willingly, for crimes He didn’t commit. The spotless lamb shed His sinless blood, so that justice would be satisfied, mercy could be righteously given, to us who have fallen so short. And now the work is finished, the law is fulfilled, and all we can do is receive it by faith.
When Jesus says, “It is finished” He means it. He meant it then, it stands to this day, and will always stand for His people. The work is complete, so when you are converted, you are converted into His perfect work that needs nothing from you. What can you possibly add to the perfect work of our Lord Jesus Christ? Nothing. What else is needed? Nothing. The work is finished, it is complete, and we can finally rest in Him. Every step we take in our faith we are clinging to the perfect work of Christ, never adding to it. Perfection cannot be added to. What a freeing reality to the anxious saint who is in a constant frenzy, thinking that they must add their feeble works to the mighty work of Christ. Be free today, and look to the cross, and hear the words of our Lord, “It is finished.”
For 33 years Jesus Christ of Nazareth lived perfectly under the law of God. Never once did He commit a sin, and when He was crucified, your sin was put on Him, and His righteousness was given to you. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21. That is, if you are truly a regenerate child of God saved by grace.
You and I could not for a moment live perfectly under the law, and even now we cannot live perfectly sinless, but the good news is now there is a perfect atoning work that holds us up when we fall into sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24 When we fall, grace holds us up. It is finished, completely.
We still have our pilgrimage to walk out, our race to run, our work to do, so that we can hear, “Well done good and faithful servant.” But the ones who will hear this from our Lord will be the ones who can honestly say, “I trusted you’re completed work for me.” The ones who hear well done, will be the ones who had faith in what He did alone. Be free today from trying to add to the perfect work of Christ. Trust in the work that He did. He has fulfilled the Law, defeated the devil, satisfied the wrath, and risen from the grave. Trust in Christ alone.