Rest In His Finished Work

Rest In His Finished WorkJohn 19 is all about Jesus’ death. He gave His life for us at the cross, that we might be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and given eternal life (John 3:16).

In John 16:30, before He dismissed His spirit, Jesus utter the words “It is finished.”

 

 

The price was paid.

God’s anger against sin had been satisfied in full.

Our sins had been dealt with, and forgiveness provided for us.

The way was made open for us to become God’s children.

Eternal life was made ours, if we would believe in Him.

Jesus’ death put an end once and for all to mankind’s need to struggle and strive to gain acceptance before God. He bore in full the penalty for all of our wrongdoings, and God’s fiery judgement and wrath against them, and declared that it is finished. From that point on, salvation has been freely offered to us, belonging to all who will receive it.

When Jesus said that it was finished, He meant it. There’s nothing left for us to do, no price left for us to pay. Instead of living under the old covenant of the law, we now live under the new covenant of God’s amazing grace. Let’s rest in His finished work!

He Laid Down His Life For You

He Laid Down His Life For YouJohn 18 is all about Jesus being arrested and tried before the high priest and Pontius Pilate, as well as Peter’s denial of Him.

In John 18:4, Jesus asked the chief priests and Pharisees, who had come with Judas to arrest Him, who is was that they wanted. When they responded that they had come for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus told them “I am he (John 18:5).” Upon hearing Him say these words, they drew back and fell to the ground. Again He asked them who they wanted, and they replied the same. Jesus told them that it was him that they were looking for, and to let the others go. When Peter chopped off one of the men’s ear, Jesus stopped any more such doings. He was then arrested, and taken before the high priest.

Jesus allowed Himself to be arrested and nailed to the cross out of His great love for us. He is the good shepherd, who laid down His life for us, His sheep (John 10:15). John 10:18 says that He laid it down of His own accord. He willingly gave His life for us, that we might be saved. Because of His amazing affection for us, He paid the price to redeem us. For our transgressions, He was pierced. He was chastened for our peace. We are healed by His stripes (Isaiah 53:5). He became poor that we might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). Through Him, we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Let’s praise our Savior for willingly laying down His life for us!

“I lay down my life for you. This is the moment when all will be made new . . . Arms stretched out upon this tree to show true love, to set you free.”

He Came To Serve

He Came To ServeIn John 13, we read the story of the last supper, during which Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. He got up from the meal, wrapped a towel around His waist, filled a basin, and began to wash the feet of His disciples.

Mark 10:45 says that Jesus came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. The Son of God took on the nature of a servant (Philippians 4:7). Throughout His ministry, we constantly see Jesus, the King of Kings, serving those around Him – healing the sick, showing God’s grace and love to sinners, and taking time to bless children (Matthew 19:13-15). He always made time for all who came to Him, ministering to their needs. He ultimately committed the greatest act of love and sacrifice at the cross, dying for our sins, that we might be made alive with Him (Ephesians 2:4-5).

John 13:3-4 says that Jesus, knowing that all things had been given into His hands, and that He had come from and was returning to God, got up and washed His disciples’ feet. He knew who He was, and His position before the Father, and He served out of that knowledge. In the same way, God doesn’t want us to serve to try to gain position before Him, for it is a thing that can never be earned. Rather, He wants us to serve out of the knowledge that we are His children – completely loved and accepted – showing to others the love that we have been given. Before we can truly serve others effectively, we must first understand the incredible love of our Heavenly Father, and be confident in our position before Him.

Jesus, the King of Kings, came to serve, not to be served (Mark 10:45). He served others, knowing who He was in His Heavenly Father’s eyes. In the same way, let’s serve others, filled with the knowledge of who we are in Christ. Let’s demonstrating His love and grace to those around us!

A King Come To Save

A King Come To SaveOver the next week, we will take a look each day at a chapter of John’s account of the Easter story, beginning with the triumphal entry, and ending with Jesus’ resurrection. We will be reviewing the chapters as listed in Week 15 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan. Today will be John 12, Tuesday John 13, Wednesday John 18, Thursday John 19, and Friday John 20.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday – the Sunday prior to Resurrection Sunday – when we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. John’s account of this story is listed in John 12:12-19. These verses state that upon hearing that Jesus was making His way to Jerusalem, the crowds came to meet Him, waving palm branches, shouting “hosanna,” and proclaiming Him the king of Israel. Jesus found a young donkey which He rode on, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, which speaks of the king of Zion coming seated on a donkey’s colt.

The crowds who greeted Jesus as He entered Jerusalem called Him king. He was their king, but not in the way that they thought. Instead of becoming a prominent political figure who would liberating them from Roman rule, the Son of God – the true King of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15) – came to save all who would believe in Him by giving His life for them at the cross. He came to redeem us, paying the price for our wrongdoings. He came that we, through Him, might be reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), and given true freedom in Him.

Jesus, the King of Kings, laid down His life for you, so that you could enter into relationship with God – with you as His child, and Him as your Heavenly Father. Though equal to God in His very nature, He was made in the likeness of man, and gave His life for us at the cross (Philippians 2:6-8). What an honor that the true king, the Son of God, would do such a thing for each and every one of us!

Made Righteous In Christ

Made Righteous In ChristThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Corinthians 5:21. This verse says that He who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

At the cross, the greatest exchange in all of history took place – Jesus, the spotless, sinless, perfect Son of God, took our sins upon Himself, that we, through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9), could be made right with with God. He took our place of sin, that we might receive His place of righteousness in the eyes of the Most High.

God’s love for us is matchless, yet He is just, and must punish sin. Because of His great love for us, He sent His Son to take upon Himself the punishment merited by our wrongdoings in its entirety. All of God’s wrath against sin was poured out on Him. Because the price for our sin has been paid in full, God is both just and the justifier of all who have faith in Christ (Romans 3:26). We are made right in His eyes not because of anything that we have done, but because of what Christ has done for us.

God wants us to receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17) that He has made available to us. He wants us to know that He no longer sees us through the lens of our transgressions, but rather through the lens of His Son’s finished work. He wants us to view ourselves that way as well – as made right with Him. Believe that you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)!

Conviction from the Holy Spirit

Conviction from the Holy SpiritWeek 14 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was John 14-17, and 21. These chapters mainly relate Jesus’ words to His disciples before He went to the cross, as well as an account of Him having breakfast with them after He rose again.

In John 16:8-11, Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit convicting us. What is the Holy Spirit’s conviction? What does He convict us of? Does He help us to recognize when we are doing something wrong? Show us when we are headed in the wrong direction?

According to the verses mentioned above, the Holy Spirit convicts the world in three matters – in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgement. In regard to sin, because of not believing in Jesus, in regard to righteousness, because He has gone to the Father and we no longer see Him, and in regard to judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.

These verses clearly show that the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin doesn’t mean that He points out to us every time we do something wrong, but rather that He convicts us of the one sin of not believing in Jesus, and accepting Him as our Savior. God loves us and wants us to be His children, so the Holy Spirit convicts us of not believing in Christ, that we might turn to Him, believe in and receive Him, and be given the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

As believers today, the Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness – our right-standing before God – reminding us that we are forgiven, accepted, and loved by our Heavenly Father. He also convicts us of judgement in that our enemy, the devil, has been judged, for Christ disarmed principalities and powers, triumphing over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15). He convicts us of the fact that the enemy has been defeated!

The Holy Spirit convicts us of the sin of not believing in Jesus, of our right-standing before our Heavenly Father, and of the fact that our enemy, the devil, has been judged, and stands defeated. What a wonderful blessing His conviction is!

Rejoice In All That He Has Done For You

Rejoice In All That He Has DoneThe All That He Has Done series is drawing to a close. Over this series, we have taken a look at all that Christ has accomplished for us, and the affect that His death and resurrection have on our lives today. Because of what He has done, we can become children of God by believing in Him, we have been qualified to receive all of our Heavenly Father’s blessings, all of our sins have been completely forgiven, and we have been made right with God through faith.

Here are links to each of the posts in series:

Children of God - Because of Christ’s finished work at the cross, all who receive and believe in Him are given the right to become God’s children.

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/04/all-that-he-has-done-children-of-god/

Receive God’s Blessings – Because Jesus, the sinless Son of God, took upon Himself the punishment for our transgressions, there’s no longer anything that needs to stand in the way of you receiving all that God has for you!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/04/all-that-he-has-done-receive-gods-blessings/

Forgiveness of Sins – Because Jesus’ blood was shed for you, your sins have been washed away!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/04/all-that-he-has-done-forgiveness-of-sins/

Made Righteous - Jesus took all of your sins upon Himself, that you might become the righteousness of God in Him!

http://calledandcreated.com/2014/04/all-that-he-has-done-made-righteous/

May the truths that we’ve explored in this series add a special significance to the Easter season for you this year, and help you to recognize the many reasons that we have to celebrate our wonderful Savior! May this Easter be for you a time of truly rejoicing in all that He has done!

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All That He Has Done – Made Righteous

All That He Has Done - Made RighteousBecause of what Christ has done for us, not only have all of our sins been forgiven, we have also been made right with God through faith in Him (Philippians 3:9).

The sinless Son of God took our sins upon Himself, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). He took our place of sin, that we might take His place of righteousness in the sight of God. This righteousness is not something that we can earn. It is a gift (Romans 5:17) that we receive through faith (Romans 3:22).

Because we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1). We no longer need approach Him with fear or timidity, for the price for our sins has been paid in full. God no longer views us through the lens our wrongdoings, but rather through the lens of His Son’s righteousness, accredited to us. There is no condemnation for us, because we are in Christ (Romans 8:1). We can run to our Heavenly Father, confident of His acceptance and affection.

Always remember that because of what Christ has done, you have been made right with God. He paid the price for your wrongdoings at the cross, that you might be made righteous. There’s no longer anything standing in between you and your Heavenly Father. Approach His throne of grace boldly (Hebrews 4:16) in the knowledge of what His Son has accomplished for you!

Be sure to join us tomorrow as we wrap up the All That He Has Done series!

2 Corinthians 5:21

“He became sin, who knew no sin, that we might become His righteousness. He humbled Himself, and carried the cross. Love so amazing . . .”

All That He Has Done – Forgiveness of Sins

All That He Has Done - Forgiveness of SinsWelcome to week 2 of the All That He Has done series, which is all about what Christ has done for us, and how it affects us today!

Hebrews 9:22 says that without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. In the Old Testament, when God’s people sinned, they brought an animal sacrifice. The blood of these animals pointed to Jesus, the perfect sacrifice, who shed His blood for us at the cross. In Matthew 26:28, He said that His blood was poured out for the forgiveness of many. Ephesians 1:7 says that in Him we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins. Because He gave His life for us at the cross, all of our sins have been completely forgiven!

Under the new covenant that Jesus came to establish, God has promised that He will remember our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). In His eyes, all of our transgressions have been completely washed away by the blood of His Son. No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that your sins have been forgiven. Receive the forgiveness that your Heavenly Father offers to you, and begin to see yourself as He sees you – a loved, accepted, and cherished child of the Most High!

God’s Gift of Eternal Life

God's Gift Of Eternal LIfeThis week’s memory verse for Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 6:23. This verse states that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ.

None of us are righteous in and of ourselves (Romans 3:10). We all have sinned (Romans 3:23), and the wages of sin is death. God is just, and He must punish sin. He loved us so much, however, that He sent Jesus to take all of our sins upon Himself, bearing the punishment of death that should have been ours. He gave His life for us at the cross, that we might be saved.

Because of what He has done for us, all who believe in Him will not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). We can’t do anything to earn or deserve this eternal life. It is the gift of God, given to us freely. Our part is to simply receive this gift, trusting in Jesus as our one and only Savior.

Though the wages of sin is death, Jesus bore the punishment that we deserved, giving His life for us at the cross. Because He has done this, eternal life is freely offered to all who believe in Him. Receive God’s gift of eternal life, given to you in Christ!

Be sure to join us tomorrow for more of the All That He Has Done series!