Charles R. Swindoll – GRATEFUL FOR LIFE Sermon Illustration | Pulpit Stories | 2019

„It is finished!”

Imagine looking at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting in the Louvre museum. Would you think of adding more brush strokes to it? Ofcourse not! It was done by a master, so what could you possibly add to the painting to improve it?

In the same way, that is how we are to look at Jesus’ work on the cross. He cried out, „It is finished!” You cannot complete a completed work. You cannotfinish a finished work. Our salvation is won. Our sins are all forgiven. We are made forever righteous by His blood. Christ paid completely and perfectly for ourtotal forgiveness, righteousness and every blessing!

In fact, these three words, „It is finished”, come from one Greek word teleo. In the days of Jesus, a servant would use it when reporting to his master: „I havecompleted the work assigned to me.” (John 17:4) The word means, „It is finished, it stands finished and it will always be finished!” Perhaps the most significantmeaning of teleo is how it is used by merchants: „The debt is paid in full!” When Jesus gave Himself on the cross, He met fully the righteous demands of the law.He paid our debts in full!

Today, it is not our works that will bring us the blessings. It is Christ’s finished work. Christian living is not about doing, but believing in His finished work.Under the law, we must do. Under grace, it is done.
J. Prince

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