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The Finished Work of The Cross

T
he finished work of the Cross is profound. It is finished, Jesus said. He had finished the work God had created Him to do, to complete, to finish: Unto us this child was born, unto us this child was given.

“And they crucified Him…” Matthew 27.35

This is the finished work. This is what Jesus came to do. He came to die — die by the will of God, to shed His own blood, to lay His life down. In that moment a great transaction was accomplished. The wrath of God: satisfied. In that moment the rending of the veil signified a new and living way: His blood was shed for the remission of sin, His blood paid it all. His blood purchased our redemption. His blood is our passage from death into life.

“…without shedding of blood is no remission of sins”
–Hebrews 9.22

Because of Jesus —and only because of Jesus– we take the cup of salvation and say, Thank you. Thank you for the Cross. Thank you for atonement. Thank you for opening blind eyes, softening hard hearts. Thank you for redemption. Thank you for hope. Thank you for your unfailing love. Thank you for the still, small voice that draws us to You. Thank you for your grace: your great, great grace. Thank you.

At the Cross… Jesus died.
And praise Him, that’s not the end of the story,
but the beginning.

“And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection and when into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly, this was the Son of God.” – Matthew 27.51-54

The finished work of the Cross.
“… the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. ” – Ephesians 3.10-12

By the faith of Jesus, the finished work of the Cross: Redemption and hope is mine, yours, and whosoever will believe.
The finished work of the Cross: for all the whosoever will‘s.

Today, harden not your heart {Hebrews 3.15}, hear the Word of the Lord, repent, follow Him.

 

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