When Jesus declared, “it is finished” on the cross, it was a shout of victory, not of defeat. It meant the work that He was sent to do was completed, fully accomplished and executed with perfection. What Jesus did for us on the cross cannot be diminished or added to as it was complete and absolute. What it meant for us is priceless and helps us walk in total victory.
By the shedding of His blood Jesus was the Passover lamb, the sacrifice that atoned for our sin. The consequences of sin: death, sickness, separation from God, curses, guilt and the old covenant were removed through the blood of the Lamb. The entire work of redemption has been brought to completion. Christ’s victory over the devil commenced in the wilderness, continued in Gethsemane and culminated on Calvary.
Now through grace, by faith, we believe and receive what Jesus did for us on the cross. When we go through trials and think we are done for, we trust what He has done for us and expect to rise up in victory! We have been forgiven so we cannot continue to mull over our sins. We can put “the end” sign on those things standing on the full assurance of our salvation. We stand in righteousness and walk out our salvation from glory to glory!
John 19:30 “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
As a disciple, we lay aside every hindering weight and sin which so easily ensnares us. We are running a glorious race and daily watch for what needs to be put off by the power and authority of Christ.
It is to be noted that sin easily ensnares us. Some actions and habits become addictive quickly. It requires no effort on our part, and happens without our awareness. Their presence is noticed when they become so strong they require more than anticipated to overcome them. The remedy is simple faith. It’s taking that first step not to do what we used to do, and allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to take them into subjection. As easily as it started it can stop when we let the Lord help us. The lie of our adversary is that it’s not easy and very difficult, but we can do all things through Christ.
In a race, the pressing through point is at the most difficult time when going forth appears impossible. At that moment, even though the muscles are burning with pain, we push through and suddenly find we can do it. Pursuing the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus is simply done step-by-step, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”