Celebrate Jesus All Year Long

Celebrate Jesus All Year LongEaster is the time of year when we celebrate Jesus, and all that He’s accomplished for us, in coming to earth, dying at for our sins, and rising again. We rejoice in the fact that because of all that He’s done, we can become God’s children (John 1:12), and receive eternal life (John 3:16).

We celebrate Jesus at Easter, but sometimes, throughout the year, it’s easy to lose sight of His finished work, and all that it means for us. Perhaps we get so caught up in the busyness and cares of this life that we begin to lose sight of all that He’s done for us. Maybe our friends or families, or the people at our workplace, aren’t believers, and we’re constantly surrounded by those who don’t know or haven’t accepted the good news of the gospel. Whatever the reason, once Easter is finished, we often shift our focus away from the One whom it is all about, and whose sacrifice for us gives us something to rejoice over no matter what the season.

The good news of what Christ has done for us, however, is so much bigger than just one day of the year. The gospel is power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16), which alone contains the ability to affect true life change. It is all because of Jesus that we, who have sinned, can approach an holy God, and be accepted by Him, regardless of our actions, and qualified to receive all of His blessings. It is through the love and grace that God, because of Jesus, can now show us, that our deepest longings can be truly satisfied. It is by believing in Him, and accepting what He has done for us, that we can someday spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Though Easter is over, our celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and all that He’s accomplished for us, doesn’t have to be. Hebrews 12:2 bids us to fix our eyes upon Him, without specifying a particular day or time of year. Let’s continue to rejoice in our Savior’s finished work all year long!

Happy Resurrection (Mon)day!

Linking this post up to Monday’s Musings at What Joy Is Mine

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!

Christ’s Finished Work

Christ's Finished WorkWeek 5 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Matthew 27-28 and Mark 1-4. Matthew 27-28 speaks of Jesus’ death, resurrection, and some of His final words to His disciples. Mark 1-4 speaks mainly of Jesus’ baptism, the beginning of His ministry, miracles He performed, some of His encounters with the Pharisees, and parables He told.

Matthew 27 speaks further of all that Jesus endured on our behalf. He was whipped (Matthew 27:26), made fun of (Matthew 27:27-31), crucified between two rebels (Matthew 27:38), and mocked as He hung there (Matthew 27:39-44).

This was all part of the price Christ paid to redeem us. He was forsaken that we might be accepted (Matthew 27:46). He became poor that we might be made rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). He was wounded for our wrongdoings. The punishment that we might have peace was upon Him. It is by His stripes that we are healed (Isaiah 53:5). Christ took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made righteous Because of what He has done for us, the price for our sins has been paid in full.

Jesus rose again, having dealt with our sins once and for all at the cross (Hebrews 7:27). The victory has been won. We have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). His resurrection is our assurance that all of our sins have been completely removed.In this world, we are as He is – completely loved and accepted by our Heavenly Father (1 John 4:17)!

This is the good news of the gospel – the power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16). These are the glad tidings we are to spread. This is what changes lives – the wonderful grace of God, shown in Christ’s finished work at the cross. Let’s give thanks for all that He has done for us!