Anytime I had re-read Jesus Christ’s final sentence on the cross I must admit that I’ve been so emboldened with such audacity of boldness to face whatever may come along the pathway we generally call life, just by sheer faith!
Apostle Paul elucidates this standpoint in his letter to the Galatians. He writes:
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.
I do not frustrate the grace of God” | Galatians 2:20—21.
What is it that is unfinished with you?
Life could be challenging! But you and I need not live and face life’s challenges in our own power. Or we would be submerged by untold miseries! How, then, could any of us bypass the drudgery or the monotony of living a defeated life?
According to the Apostle Paul:
#1. Be crucified with Christ! What does that entail?
Being crucified with Christ Jesus means, accepting the Finished Work of sacrifice that the Savior had offered the Father-God on your behalf!
Can I explain further? It means that you will have to accept Christ's Paschal Lamb's sacrifice as ENOUGH for you. For when Jesus had been crucified to death upon that old rugged cross, He had spiritually represented you and all that you are and would encounter before the Father!
#2. You will NOT need to live in your own power to overcome sin and Satan, again.
The power of resurrection is now made available to you without restraints. The implication of this goes as far as NOT arrogating shame and worldly guilt unto myself ever again even if I made a mistake, tripped, or fell. Because, by the power of He Who promised IT IS FINISHED, I will arise again (See Micah 6:8).
#3. I will NOT frustrate the grace of God.
What does that imply? This implies that I will not deliberately take the grace of God for granted! Meaning that I will not blindly walk into trouble, expecting the grace of the Grace-giver to just bankroll my wickedness and selfishness. It also means that I will not go to the church-steeple and launch myself, spreading out or somersaulting, quoting Psalms 91:11. Jesus said doing that would be suicidal: It is tempting the Lord, your God! (Matthew 4:70).
Anytime you too read the words "IT IS FINISHED", please put into practice, its meanings and applications!