A thought about, ‘It is finished…’
Posted on July 12, 2012
Let’s unpack a few verses that shed light on the truth of the finished work of Christ. First off, in John 4:34 Jesus, responding to his disciples questions on eating food makes this statement, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” One chapter later in John 5:36, in response to being questioned about His authority He states, “I have a testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing testifies that the Father has sent me.” And finally, in John 19:30, after being crucified Jesus final words on the cross were, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”
What exactly did Jesus finish? What was the work that He was given by the Father to accomplish? Simply put the redemption and reconciliation of the human race (See 2 Corinthians 5:19). If that was His work and He has finished that work, then what is our role? This is a big question that can’t be sufficiently unpacked in a short blog post, but I do have a quick thought to share. Our role is to ENJOY our union with Jesus (See Romans 6:5-11; Colossians 2:11-12; Galatians 5:22-24). Our role is to believe He accomplished and finished our redemption (Colossians 2:10 NASB). Our role is to stop believing we must perform to get closer to God, but realize His performance planted us in union with the God-head and nothing can separate us (See Romans 8:38-39).
As we enjoy this union (by faith – Romans 1:5), our experience and testimony builds. As this builds, it overflows into EVERY relationship we have. We begin to manifest in evangelism and discipleship like a wild fire. As we realize who we now are because of Jesus, His desire that all would know what He has done helps us realize we have a blazing fire within us that cannot be quenched. Enjoyment of Jesus and what He accomplished is our calling, and by enjoying Him we will help the world see and know what He has done. There are more specific roles within the Body of Christ that emerge, but as a general statement this is the calling of all believers. This is good news! Feast on Him!