So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30
Imagine all the different “finish” points in sending men to the moon and back in the late 1960s. The design was finished; the training was finished; the launch was finished; the moonwalk was finished; the return was finished—it took many “finishes” for the whole project to be “finished.”
And so it was with the work of Christ when He came to secure mankind’s redemption. Let’s look at three: the cross, the resurrection, and the ascension. On the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished,” referring to His death for our sins. He had said earlier that His mission was “to finish [the Father’s] work” (John 4:34). But His death would have been incomplete without the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17). And the final “finish” in Christ’s work came when He ascended to heaven forty days after the resurrection (Acts 1:9-11). He came to earth, completed the Father’s work, and returned to the Father in heaven.
Nothing remains to be done to secure our redemption for eternity. Nothing except for us to believe and embrace this gift.
Nothing needs to be added to Christ’s finished work, and nothing can be added to Christ’s finished work. Francis Schaeffer
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