by Rev Joel Yong
Mark 15:34 records: “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”
Upon the Cross, Jesus bore the sins of the world upon His shoulders. With the Holy One enveloped in sin, God the Father, who is all holy, turned his face away from the sin that amassed upon His Son’s shoulders. Jesus declared Himself forsaken by God at that moment. But what Jesus did, freed us and cleansed us – and God can now turn His face TOWARDS us because Jesus took our place – the Innocent punished, so that the guilty might be free. Praise God indeed.
by Rev Barnabas Chong
We thank God for the finished work of Christ on the cross. We thank Him for the righteousness of Christ that has been imputed on all who believe. As recipients of such an amazing grace, we are called to live by grace and to walk in Christ’s righteousness. The Bible tells us that we have been saved (Colossians 1:21-22), are still being saved (Philippians 2:12) and will eventually be fully saved (Matthew 10:22; Mark.13:13; Colossians 1:21-23).
I like how the renowned Bible teacher, David Pawson, puts it: At conversion, we are saved from the PENALTY of sin; as we grow in holiness, we are being saved from the POWER of sin; and eventually, as we remain faithful to the end, we will be completely saved from the PRESENCE of sin. The work of Christ to redeem us from sin was finished at the cross in Calvary and what that means, is that Christ’s earthly work was done. But salvation is a process, not something that happens at a single point in time. And that process of lost sinners getting saved began when we first repented of our sins and believed in Jesus as Lord and Savior. While Christ finished His work, there is still an unfinished work in us – a work that would not eventually finish if Jesus had not finished His work first. So as you begin your walk with God today, know that you are loved, treasured, saved and still being saved.
We are to remain in the righteousness of Christ each day and that means we must choose to walk righteously. Be careful not to assume that Christ has done all the work and you need to do nothing, and need not walk in righteousness. Jesus told his disciples in John 15 to abide in Him and let His words abide in them so that they may bear much fruit. He warned them that a branch that bears no fruit will be cut off and thrown into fire. Continue to love God, hate sin and stay on the path of Christ’s righteousness.
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)
Read: The Finished Work of Christ (Part 1)