They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Luke 18:37 If Jesus was walking by, what would you do? Would you crouch down, hoping that He wouldn’t notice you? He would stop anyway. Jesus would call you over and say to you, “What do you want me to do...
“It is finished.” John 19:30 (NIV)
There was only one person who could ever truly say, “It is finished.” None of us will be able to say that when we die, because none of us have been able to say it while we live.
None of us will be able to say to God “I brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” It’s impossible. None of us have been able to say this of a single day of our lives. None of us completes the work.
As a Christian, you have begun the work of all the commandments, but you have not finished the work of any! You cannot identify a single day of your life where you would be able to say, “I lived that day to perfection.”
Every Sunday that we gather in church we are in the same position of saying, “We have done the things we ought not to have done, and we have not done the things we ought to have done.” That will never change this side of heaven. You may grow in your Christian life, but you will never move beyond being a believing sinner.
Sinners on earth can never say, “It is finished,” and sinners in hell will never be able to say “It is finished” either. That’s the awfulness of it. Christ finished… you haven’t. But don’t miss this… with him you will!
React to the statement: “Christ finished… you haven’t… but with him you will.”