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Lessons from the Cross 5

'It is finished.' John 19:30 NKJ

Lesson 5: The Old Testament priests had a tough job! Not only were they up to their elbows in animal carcasses all day, sorting out the right sacrifices for particular sins, but at the end of a tough day there was nowhere for them to sit down and put their feet up. Why? The priest's work was never finished!

But, after Jesus cried, 'It is finished', he went back to Heaven and sat down at the right hand of his Father. He finished the job! The Greek words for 'it is finished' literally mean 'paid in full'. It's what people in those days wrote across a receipt when the bill was paid in full. Christ's death covers your every sin; from the cradle to the grave.

Imagine seeing a finely crafted coffee table sitting in a carpentry shop ready for delivery. You grab some sand paper and say 'It's not quite good enough.' The master carpenter immediately steps in and says 'No you'll ruin it!' Or imagine receiving a very expensive present from a mate, and you pull out a $20 note and say, 'Here let me help you out with the cost'. How insulting? You're robbing the giver of his joy and the sacrifice of its worth. Listen: '...this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast' (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).

So what now? There's nothing you can do to add to or take away from what Jesus has done for you. You can't add to the finished job!

Soulfood: Acts 3:11 - 5:42, Luke 23:50-56, Ps 75, Prov 10: 22-23

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