The Finished Work of Christ

by Rev Barnabas Chong

While on the cross, at some point, Jesus said, “It is finished”, then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). What did Jesus mean? What did He finish? Peter preached to the crowd in Acts2 and told them, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (2:21) and he also said, “God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah” (2:36). In 3:19, Peter said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out” and in 3:26, he said, “When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

Clearly, the work that Jesus finished on the cross is the work of redeeming us from our sins so that we may be saved. In 2 Corinthians 5:21, Paul tells us, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” On the cross at Calvary, Jesus took our sins upon himself so that those who believe may become the righteousness of God. When we come before God to pray or to worship, when we come before His throne of grace, though we are sinners, the Father looks at us and sees in us the perfection and the righteousness of Christ. This is the grace of God.

Yet at the same time, God requires us to stop sinning. Paul tells us in Romans 6:1, 2 – “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” As you begin your walk with God today, give thanks for the grace of God and the righteousness of Christ. Let your gratitude move you to sin no more.

Have a great day!

Today’s Bible Text: “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)