I was blessed to be the guest devotional writer for His Kingdom Come on March 18. I hope you enjoy my devotional as much as I was blessed by writing it.
It IS FINISHED!
Have you ever considered, even for a moment, what it would be like if you had to take the place of Jesus on the day He was crucified? This weak flesh of mine wouldn’t have been able to even carry the cross as Jesus was required. Yet, He carried His cross. I most certainly would not have been able to bear the pain of being nailed to the cross without passing out. Yet, Jesus bore the pain. He suffered torment, torture, and death willingly…for you and for me.
Y’all, I really don’t think any of us can wrap our heads around the magnitude of what Jesus did for us. He willingly served as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus was born so that He could die for you and me. When I take time to truly think about that, it gives me chills y’all. Chills! Jesus, a totally perfect and sinless man, was willing to die so that we could live. Now take a moment to let that sink in. Sister, put down your phone, turn off the TV, stop doing whatever you are doing that is distracting you at this moment, and let this sink in. Jesus died an incredibly painful, brutal death so that you and I could live.
Oh, and y’all, He didn’t die just so that we could live our lives to the fullest, and then die of old age. No. He died so that we could live…forever. What’s even better. We won’t live forever in this broken, dark, sin filled world. Nope. We will eventually give up the lives we live on this earth, we will discard our old, broken, illness riddled bodies. We will say goodbye to all of the hurts of this world. Then, our spirit…the part of us who makes us who we are…our spirit will rise to glory, and spend eternity with our God in a perfect place! Oh dear Sister! As I write, tears are rolling down my cheeks. Y’all, it’s not a fairy tale from which you will one day wake. No…it’s absolute truth! God promises us forever, and made it possible through Jesus!
The reality of life everlasting is written over and over in God’s Word. Today, I took time to focus on Galatians 2:20 to help illustrate how God assures us of His promises. Let’s look together at the beginning of the verse. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” I have been crucified with Christ. Take ownership of that Sister! Say it to yourself. You…yes you have been crucified with Christ. No, you didn’t physically hang on that cross with Jesus, and suffer the horrors He did. Rather, He held you…me…and every individual from that point in time forward in His heart. He loved you before you were born. He carried you to the cross with Him…deep within His heart, and He died for you. Then, on the day you accepted Christ as your Savior, the old you died. Yep, it died an eternal death.
Oh dear Sister, life didn’t end where the old you died. Life only just began. Your salvation through Christ changed you. Your identification changed. You rose to a new life, just as Jesus did on the 3rd day. Y’all you too celebrated a resurrection day! You too rose again to a new life! It was then that God’s plans for you took shape. It was then that the rest of Galatians 2:20 became real for you. “And now the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Your new life became a life of faith. A life of trusting and knowing that Jesus, Son of God, gave his life for you so that you might live forever! At the moment of Salvation, Christ took up residence in your heart. The very spirit of God began to inhabit your heart, and your life is forever changed. Your life is no longer yours, it’s Christ that lives inside of you!
What’s even greater? Christ made this sacrifice one time, and it serves forever! As Jesus said, in John 19:30, just after having received sour wine for His tremendous thirst, “IT IS FINISHED!” Oh dear Sister, at that moment, Jesus gave up the suffering. He died on that cross for you and for me…as a forever sacrifice. It is, and will be forever, finished. The eternal payment has been made, and now you and I, living by faith in the Son of God, will live life everlasting. You dear Sister, once accepting of Christ as your Savior, are forever alive in His Spirit. He changed your name, your DNA, your identification. Your life is no longer yours, because Christ lives inside of you. The old life is gone, and new life…everlasting…is what you live each and every day.
Dear Sister, this Resurrection Celebration season, I pray that you will revel in the beauty of the gift God has given you. May you identify with the reality that your old life hands on that old rugged cross where Jesus died. Your new life began at the moment of your salvation…just as Jesus’ took on a new form the day the stone was rolled away from the door. He is risen y’all! He is RISEN! Now you too are alive in Him!
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