Christ's Finished Work
Jesus has reached the last evening He will share with His beloved Disciples, His plan is to celebrate Passover and transform it into a special memorial to the FINISHED WORK of His death. Communion is for His church to celebrate until He Returns.
So on Christ's last evening with His beloved disciples He inaugurates the Lord's Supper as the fulfillment of all Passovers. Christ's Work of Salvation is celebrated as FINISHED!
In the midst of the supper He says in Mark 14:24 And He said to them,
"This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many”.
What is the New Testament or Covenant in His Blood?
Look at His words in Acts 26:18
'to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
How does God forgive us when we are all guilty and deserving of punishment? Jesus gave Himself for us, and when He did so He FINISHED all that needed to be done to pay for sins! For a moment listen to the heart of Charles Wesley reflected in the hymn “Arise my soul arise”.
Arise my soul arise,
Shake off thy guilty fears;
The bleeding sacrifice,
In my behalf appears;
Before the throne my surety stand,
My name is written on His hands.
My God is reconciled,
His pardoning voice I hear,
He owns me for His child,
I can no longer fear;
With confidence I now draw nigh,
And Father, Abba Father, cry.
Now look at His declaration of the finished work in 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.
Our Lord spoke seven times from the cross. The first three words were to mankind, the last four to God. But the 6th word was the best - it was the word of forgiveness.
“When Jesus received the vinegar, He said, IT IS FINISHED.”
“At these words “you hear fetters burst and prison walls falling down; barriers as high as heaven are overthrown and gates which had been closed for thousands of years again move on their hinges.”
Hallelujah! It was just one word, tetelestai, finished. But, was it finished? Can we know? The Scriptures are clear that we can. Let’s ponder these truths. Turn to Matthew 1 as I share one ancient’s testimony.
Wonder of wonders! On the cross He dies!
Man of the ages, David’s mighty Son,
The Eternal Word who spake and it was done,
What time, of old, He formed the earth and skies.
Abashed be all the wisdom of the wise!
Let the wide earth through all her kingdoms know
The promise of the Lamb of God, whose blood should flow—
For human guilt the grand sole sacrifice.
No more need altar smoke, nor victim bleed:
‘Tis finished! The great mystery of love.
Ye sin condemned, by this blood, ‘tis decreed.
Ye stand absolved; behold the curse removed!
O Christ! Thy deadly wounds, Thy mortal strife
Crush death and hell and give immortal life.
“Tis finished all: the veil is rent,
The welcome sure, the access free:
Now then we leave our banishment,
O Father, to return to Thee!
Please remember one truth that can carry you confidently to the grave and beyond, ‘IT IS FINISHED’. Jesus finished all that needs to be done to get you to Heaven. All you need is to believe and receive Him.
Christ's entire ministry was culminated at this moment, all His work was done!
Trace the truth of this with me through just a few portions of Matthew:
Matthew 1:21 “Save people from sins” Finished
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Matthew 2:11 Object of human worship Finished
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 3:15 Fulfill all righteousness Finished
But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him.
Matthew 4:10 “Be gone Satan” victory over Satan Finished
Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
Matthew 5-7 Sermon on the Mount: Power to live Finished
Matthew 8:3 Power to cleanse Finished
Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Matthew 9:5-7 Power to forgive Finished
“For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?6 “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”7 And he arose and departed to his house.
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