The Finished Work Of Christ

I want to share something important with you. No matter what challenges or problems you are facing today, remember that they have already been addressed on the cross.

September 18, 2023

It is finished

I want to share something important with you. No matter what challenges or problems you are facing today, remember that they have already been addressed on the cross. Yes, any problem – whether it’s related to your health, your relationships, or your mental and emotional well-being – has been dealt with through the sacrifice of Jesus.

When Jesus proclaimed, ‘It is finished,’ He meant it. He completed all the necessary work perfectly and comprehensively. Can we, in our human efforts, add anything more to the absolutely perfect and finished work of Jesus? Can our prayers or fasting contribute to what is already complete? Can our financial contributions surpass the finished work of Jesus? No, it is finished. It is truly finished. Amen. It is done.

Faith in the Finished Work

Let’s understand that we are not placing our faith in a God who is about to do something; we are placing our faith in a God who has already accomplished it all. He has already done it. Your problems, your challenges – they’ve all been dealt with on the cross. It’s complete, it’s over.

aith isn’t about believing for what God is going to do; it’s about believing in what God has already done. I’m not believing in God so that He will pour out finances; I’m believing in God because He has already poured out His blessings. I’m not believing in God to secure a promotion; I’m believing in God because He has already released that promotion. Do you see what I’m saying? You need to shift your thinking from ‘If I believe, God will do this’ to ‘He has already done it,’ and that’s why we believe.

Faith is not something that we initiate; it’s a response. It’s a response to knowing that God has already taken care of everything. Yes, faith is a response. Despite hearing this repeatedly, we often find ourselves in seasons of doubt and striving, praying fervently, ‘God, will You grant me this promotion? Will You bless me with a marriage?’ But it’s already done. You must believe it.

Embracing God’s Desires for Blessings

I was recently delivering a prophetic word to someone, and I told them, ‘You must believe that more than you desire it, God has already released it for you, and He wants you to have it.’

God desires for you to find love and companionship in marriage. If you are currently single, know that God’s intentions for your life are pure, and His plan is one of peace and prosperity. His will for your life is good, pleasing, and perfect. God wants to shower you with blessings. If marriage is a path to your happiness and blessing, then embrace it, for it aligns with God’s desires for you. He also desires for you to excel in your career, to receive promotions, and to enjoy every blessing that brings joy and stability to your life.

Remember, it’s in God’s heart for you to be blessed. You don’t need to struggle or doubt whether God wants you to be blessed. You don’t need to twist God’s arm through prayers, reading the Bible, or attending church services. God is inherently good, and His heart for you is already perfect. All our acts of worship, praise, and devotion are not meant to change God’s heart towards us; rather, they help us align ourselves with His loving heart.

When we worship and seek God, it’s an opportunity to understand His thoughts about us and to ensure we are in harmony with His will. We say, ‘Lord, reveal Your thoughts to me. Let me hear Your perspective on my life. Let me know that Your intentions for me are pure and good.’ We engage in these practices because sometimes, we may not be in perfect alignment with His plans, even though His thoughts for us are always good.

Let’s remember that our actions, such as attending church faithfully or practicing devotion, aren’t about trying to manipulate God into blessing us. Instead, they help us grow closer to His heart and align ourselves with His already perfect intentions.

Believe that God desires to bless you. Believe that God’s desire to bless you is already fulfilled. It is finished, my friends. Your struggles are finished. Your sickness is finished. Your challenges are finished.

I recall my time in 12th grade when I had a passion for mathematics. Have you ever delved into calculus? It’s a fascinating subject. I relished the challenge it presented. Sometimes, I’d find myself staring at a problem for hours, unable to solve it. Yet, come morning, the solution would emerge from my thoughts. I learned a valuable lesson: to solve a mathematical problem, you must believe that you already possess the solution. You have to believe it’s there, and the solution will come to you.

Similarly, if you seek blessings, you must believe that God has already blessed you. It’s God’s heartfelt desire for you to be blessed. I’m here to declare that nothing in heaven or hell can thwart the blessings God has in store for you. If anyone or anything seems to block your blessings, look in the mirror and say, ‘It’s me, I’m stopping my blessings.’ There’s no force in heaven or hell that can impede God’s blessings over your life. None. God’s heart is set on blessing you.

The Power of Communion

I received this revelation during communion, and it beautifully aligns with the songs we sang today: ‘It is finished. It is done.’
John 19:28-30 – Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Let’s envision the powerful scene of Jesus on the cross, as described in verse 28, where He knew that ‘it is finished.’ Jesus was fully aware that His mission was accomplished, and everything had been fulfilled. So, why didn’t He simply say, ‘It is finished’ and leave it at that? He specifically said, ‘I thirst,’ not because He was physically thirsty, but because He was fulfilling Scripture. He was enacting something profound.

Jesus didn’t utter ‘I thirst’ merely to quench His physical thirst; He was fulfilling a divine purpose. What happens next? The soldiers offer Him sour wine, not a sweet, pleasant wine but sour wine. They soaked a sponge with this sour wine and raised it to His lips. Then, in verse 30, after partaking of the sour wine, Jesus declared, ‘It is finished.’ There was a deep prophetic significance to Jesus drinking that sour wine.

Remember, nothing Jesus did was unintentional; everything was deliberate and purposeful. Everything He does in your life is intentional, even the difficult seasons and circumstances. He can turn them around for your good.

Now, to grasp the full meaning of this, we need to revisit the Last Supper.

Matthew 26:26-29 – While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

What Jesus did during the Last Supper went far beyond sharing a meal; He was initiating a new covenant. He was instituting something profound and transformative.

The bread in the Last Supper symbolizes the body of Jesus, and the drink represents His blood. When His disciples partook of these elements, it marked the beginning of a new covenant. But what exactly is a new covenant, and what is a covenant?

A covenant is, at its core, a relationship. It’s a relationship that is founded on promises. To emphasize the significance of these promises, ancient people would often engage in a ritual, like cutting their fingers or hands, as a way of saying, ‘Blood is thicker than water.’ Have you ever wondered about the origin of this phrase? It’s quite intriguing.

When a child is born, they emerge from the mother’s womb, protected by the amniotic sac, often referred to as the water bag. This sac serves as a vital bond between mother and child, providing protection, nourishment, and sustenance. So when we say ‘blood is thicker than water,’ we’re acknowledging that this covenant, this relationship we’re entering into, is even more significant than the natural bond between a mother and her child. It’s intentionally chosen and solemnly sealed.

In these covenants, individuals would cut their hands and then shake hands or, as depicted in movies, even perform symbolic actions like spitting to establish the covenant. The essence of a covenant is a relationship built on promises, with the understanding that if anyone were to break the covenant, they would bear the consequences, even to the point of death.

New Covenant

When Jesus instituted the Last Supper with His disciples, He was inaugurating a new covenant. He said, ‘This is my body, this is my blood of the new covenant.’ This new covenant signified the end of the old covenant, rendering it obsolete. Jesus was ushering in a new era, marked by better promises and a superior oath.

John 6:56 – Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them.

This statement reveals the profound truth that when we partake in this covenant, we become one with God, indeed, one with Jesus. Did Jesus really say that? Yes! He declared, ‘I in you, and you in me,’ signifying a level of intimacy typically reserved for husband and wife. In marriage, we often hear, ‘The two shall become one flesh.’ Well, Jesus uses this same language to describe the deep union between Himself and us. He invites us to become one with Him through this covenant.

When Jesus instituted the new covenant during the Last Supper, he was symbolically entering into a union, much like a marriage. He was inviting his followers to become part of his reality, enabling us to partake in his divine truth. To understand this, let’s revisit Adam’s sin in the Garden of Eden. When he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he became separated from God. Jesus is in the process of redeeming this separation. He invites us to ‘eat’ from his divine truth, signifying that we will become one with him.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus didn’t establish the new covenant after his crucifixion? The reason is that before the cross, he united with humanity. He, who was without sin, took on our sins so that we, who lacked righteousness, could be made righteous. This connection between Jesus and his church was crucial during that time.

He took our burdens upon himself, forging a profound unity with us so that whatever trials we face, he endures them alongside us, ensuring that what he possesses becomes ours. This is why Jesus arranged the Last Supper prior to the crucifixion, a significant revelation in Matthew 26:28-29.

In verse 28, Jesus declares, ‘For this is my blood of the covenant, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ Then, in verse 29, he elaborates, ‘I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine again until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s kingdom.’

These verses unveil Jesus’ initiation of a new covenant, signifying that he will share it with us in the future, within his Father’s kingdom. The profound nature of this unity becomes evident when, as Jesus senses that his mission is nearing completion, he proclaims, ‘I thirst’ and drinks the sour wine. This act signifies ‘It is finished,’ and he partakes anew with you in the Father’s kingdom. This remarkable closeness is reinforced by Galatians 2:20, which declares, ‘For we were crucified with him.’ In essence, through the new covenant, you were united with Jesus, so much so that you were with him on the cross.

When the soldier pierced Jesus’ side, water and blood flowed out, mirroring the way God created Eve from Adam’s side as he slept. Just like that, you and I emerged from Jesus’ side. God fashioned Jesus’ physical body anew from the elements of water and blood.

This is why communion holds such profound power. It serves as a powerful reminder of Him, and we continually proclaim the Lord’s death. Why do we declare the Lord’s death repeatedly? We declare it to affirm that the sins burdening our lives have been taken care of by the Lord’s death. The illnesses afflicting us, the mental struggles we endure – all have been addressed by the Lord’s death. Therefore, it is unlawful for sickness, mental oppression, poverty, or a cursed life to persist. It is finished. It is done.

I encourage you not to merely regard this as doctrine but as your reality. Whatever challenges you face, they are finished. Consider this exercise: Reflect on the problem you’re currently confronting – financial, relational, health-related, emotional, or mental. Visualize that problem placed upon Jesus on the cross. See Him bearing that burden, and then hear Him declare, ‘It is finished. I have paid the price.’
Understanding Justification through Faith

Let’s delve into Romans 5:1 and Romans 5:9 to explore the concept of justification.

Romans 5:1 – Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:9 – Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Combining these two verses, we find a powerful message about justification. Through faith, we have been justified, and through His blood, we have been justified. We stand no longer condemned. But what exactly does justification mean? Think of it as a courtroom scenario where someone stands accused, undergoing a trial. The judge carefully considers all the evidence, both against and in favor of the accused, and then, ultimately declares, ‘Not guilty. Justified.’

Justification is a legal term that signifies being declared not guilty. It’s akin to someone facing serious charges, perhaps even treason, and standing trial. Yet, God the Father, in His infinite grace, pronounces us justified. Every accusation hurled against us by the accuser, Satan, is null and void because Jesus has paid the price in full. It is finished, taken care of.

Allow me to share a personal experience. Growing up in a Christian family, with parents who were pastors, I hesitated to get baptized for a long time. My reluctance stemmed from a lack of trust in myself. I knew my weaknesses all too well. I doubted my ability to live a life worthy of baptism. Even after accepting Jesus at the age of 12, I’d have moments of spiritual highs followed by lows. One day I’d be fervent in my faith, and the next, my thoughts would wander into less virtuous territory. I lacked confidence in my own ability to stay faithful. I’d observe my parents’ unwavering commitment to God and wonder how they did it. I couldn’t fathom being consistently on fire for Jesus or serving God with such devotion. I had so many shortcomings.

This lack of self-confidence held me back from baptism for a considerable time. Even when I eventually got baptized, I struggled with the fear of sinning and tarnishing the costly sacrifice Jesus made to free me from sin. My mindset was that if I sinned, I’d have to earn back God’s favor through prayer, fasting, or some form of self-redemption. So, each time I stumbled, I’d be on my knees, weeping, repenting, and feeling deep remorse. Don’t get me wrong; these moments with the Lord were powerful. However, they stripped away my confidence because I was insecure in my relationship with God. I had no sense of security. Why? Because I was relying on my own strength. I knew my weaknesses too well. I knew how my thoughts could take a wrong turn and spiral into ungodly territory. I’d chase one tangent of thought for hours, only to snap back to reality and fall into remorse. My mind was plagued with guilt, shame, fear, and condemnation.

In 2010, I entered ministry, volunteering with a youth fellowship and taking on a youth leadership role. My constant struggle was the looming Sunday, when young people would gather, and I’d be responsible for encouraging them. How could I do that when my own life felt so inadequate? I wrestled with shame, guilt, fear, and condemnation day in and day out.

Allow me to share a pivotal moment that brought redemption to my life. The Lord once asked me, ‘Sam, how would you rate our relationship? If you had to give it a score out of 10, what would it be?’ I hesitated, not wanting to appear arrogant, so I gave a humble response, saying, ‘Maybe six, perhaps five.’ In reality, I was thinking seven. Have you ever been in a situation where you rate your relationship with God? Maybe it’s just me, but we sometimes do that.

What I heard from the Lord was transformational. He said, ‘Sam, I give our relationship full marks, a perfect 10 out of 10. This relationship isn’t sustained by what you do; it’s sustained by what I accomplished on the cross.’ That answer completely shifted my mindset. It changed everything. Even though I might stumble the next day, I could stand up confidently because my confidence wasn’t in myself but in what Jesus had done.

Before this shift, my life felt like a rollercoaster, with highs and lows. Going from a low point to getting back up was challenging because I’d feel ashamed, fearful, guilty, and condemned. I’d wallow in self-pity, telling myself how bad I was. Sometimes, in the midst of sinning, I’d think, ‘Well, I’ve already sinned, so why not continue until Saturday, then repent on Saturday morning?’ It was a cycle.

When this paradigm shift occurred, I came to a profound realization: my relationship with God was not about what I could do for Jesus, but rather, it was about what Jesus had already accomplished for me. His work on the cross was finished, perfect, and complete.

What this revelation did for me was transformative. Every time I stumbled and fell, I would simply turn my gaze upon Jesus and rise again. I’d fall, but I’d get up, and then I might fall again. But each time, I’d fix my eyes on Jesus and rise. Why? Because it wasn’t about me. It wasn’t about my own goodness. I could approach the throne room of God not because of my merit but because of the guarantee that Jesus provided through His finished work on the cross.

Security in the New Covenant

Now, I’m not advocating a life of continuous sin. No, that’s not the point. What I’m trying to convey is that if you’ve fallen, the only confidence that can lift you to your feet is found in what Jesus accomplished on the cross. If you stay in self-loathing, dwelling on your sins and feeling dirty, it won’t help you. Consider a pig that revels in filth; it’s in their nature. However, when a person inadvertently falls into dirt, they’ll stand up and clean themselves. You’ve been transformed, and your identity has changed.

Does this mean you won’t ever stumble or fall into sin again? No, it doesn’t. But it means that every time you fall, you will get up. Proverbs tells us, ‘The righteous may fall seven times, but they rise again.’ So when you rise, where does your confidence come from? It doesn’t stem from the uncertainty of whether you’ll fall again tomorrow. Instead, it comes from the unwavering trust in Jesus. I fix my eyes on Him, knowing that today, my confidence is in Jesus.

Do you know there are moments when I meditate on the finished work of Jesus, and the devil tries to sow doubt, saying, ‘Sam, today is fine, but tomorrow I’ll get you’? My response? ‘We’ll see about tomorrow, tomorrow. But today, I stand firm on the finished work of Christ because my confidence is in Jesus, right now, today.’

Today, as you’ve heard this message, do not harden your heart. Open your heart to receive the perfect and finished work of Jesus. Let nothing shake your confidence. Nothing should steal your confidence.

If you turn to Romans 5:1 and Romans 5:9, you might wonder whether we are justified by faith or by His blood. Well, we are justified by putting our faith in His blood. When you place your faith in the blood of Jesus, you are justified. You are declared free, guiltless, and no longer condemned. God sees you as perfect, just as He sees Jesus as perfect.

The blood of Jesus is incredibly powerful. It is the blood that inaugurated His new covenant, as I explained earlier. This blood serves as your security, not your own efforts, willpower, or determination, which determine whether you fall in your relationship with God. It is the blood of Jesus that secures your salvation. It’s His blood.

So, whenever you stumble, feel low, or consider yourself the worst of sinners, ask yourself this: Is the blood of Jesus greater than the sin you’ve committed? If you’re still wallowing in that sin, it means you haven’t fully embraced the belief that the blood of Jesus is more powerful than any sin.

How precious is the blood of Jesus? Can you assign a monetary value to it? No, it’s priceless, beyond evaluation. Think about it: what sin could you commit to break the covenant that the blood of Jesus has secured? The answer is simple – nothing. There is no sin, no transgression, no act that can sever this covenant. The blood of Jesus has made it unbreakable.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you should return to a life of sin; that’s not the message here. What I’m emphasizing is that you have been rescued from sin. You have been liberated from the clutches of the devil, and yes, you have even been saved from yourself. God has saved you, and you have been brought into His kingdom. Once you accept Jesus, you are saved, period. There’s no turning back. You are saved. I want you to understand that.

What you can do, however, is let your thoughts, emotions, and mind stray from this reality. You can become distracted. But the reassuring truth is that your salvation remains intact. It’s akin to being in a cold room in Switzerland and allowing your thoughts to wander back to the heat of Delhi. Your thoughts can drift, but it doesn’t change your current reality. You have been securely transported once and for all.

This is why the devil cannot steal your salvation. The worst he can do is steal the joy of your salvation, distract your emotions, and stretch your focus in different directions. But remember, just like a rubber band that can be stretched, when released, it snaps back to its original position. Your salvation is secure, unchanging, and everlasting.

The moment the devil lets go, you’re back to your true reality. Many of us worry at times, thinking, ‘Oh, I haven’t prayed in five days. I was completely distracted. Do I need to start all over again?’ The answer is no, you don’t need to start from scratch. When Jesus released you, He did so into His finished and perfect work. There’s nothing more to add; you are brought back into that reality.

It’s true that the devil may distract you here and there, but any millisecond that the Holy Spirit takes hold of your mind and emotions, He brings you back. What are you? You are the beloved. You are accepted. You are righteous. You have been affirmed. You are accepted in the beloved. You have been redeemed from the power of sin.

So, instead of wallowing in self-pity when you stumble, think of it like the rubber band illustration. The devil might have stretched you far, but you’re back now. You’re restored now. You are always restored. You have been taken from a state of separation into a state of no separation. No separation is your reality. Separation is a lie. There’s nothing that can separate you from God.

Overcoming the Lie of Separation

Romans 8:37-39 tells us that there’s no power in heaven or hell that can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. I once asked God how this was possible, and He replied, ‘Because you are not holding onto me; I am holding onto you.’ Do you see the power in that? You see, if we walk with God while holding onto Him, there’s always a fear that we might let go. But in the new covenant, God is the one holding your hand, and He’s holding it securely.

When God has embraced you, there is no undoing it. There’s no separation because God Himself is the one embracing you. This is your reality, and separation is nothing but a lie. The most you can do is to turn your face away from Him, but every time you turn back, you will instantly feel that intimacy. Why? Because separation is a lie.

Are you getting this? Separation is a lie. God has not distanced Himself from you. You cannot say, ‘Stay away from me,’ to God because Jesus has perfectly finished everything on the cross. There’s no condemnation, no separation. You are sandwiched between no condemnation and no separation; that’s your reality. God does not condemn you; He does not. The accuser, who is the devil, brings accusations against you, saying you’re useless, a sinner, and points out all your issues. What you need to do is take the finished work of Jesus and tell the accuser, ‘Yes, everything you’re saying may be true, but it has been dealt with on the cross. Jesus has paid on my behalf.’

Restoration and Abundance through Jesus

Now, consider this scenario: someone has hurt you or owes you a substantial debt, maybe in financial matters or emotional pain. I’ve been there too. When God called me into ministry, my previous boss didn’t pay me for four months of work. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But then, Jesus spoke to me and said, ‘Put it on my tab.’ When you put it on Jesus’ tab, be assured that you’ll receive more than what is owed to you.

This principle applies to emotional hurts as well. If someone has hurt you and reconciliation seems impossible, take it to Jesus, and you will hear Him say, ‘Put it on my tab. I will restore what they have taken. I will restore it.’ Whether it’s the devil or people who have taken from you, Jesus will restore, and when He does, He gives abundantly. That’s why in Romans 5, four times it says, ‘much more, much more.'”

If, because of Adam, you’ve experienced tears and sickness, know that Jesus will give you much more. If your life has become a living hell because of Adam, Jesus will save you much more through His life. Abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness—say it with me—much more. So whatever wrongs people have done to you, Jesus will do much more for you. Put it on His tab and let it go. Don’t live a life that holds you down like a slave. No emotional hurt, I declare right now in the name of Jesus, will hold you down. I declare the forgiveness of Jesus over you. Jesus says, ‘Put it on My tab.’ Whatever wrongs others have committed against you, I will release it because My work is finished and done.

Counting All Hurt as Joy

God has blessed us so abundantly that I no longer need to dwell on those four months of unpaid salary. Over the years, many people have taken money and not returned it. But what the Lord tells me is, ‘Put it on My tab.’ So the next time someone takes money and doesn’t return it, do you know what you should do? Count it all as joy. When someone hurts you and doesn’t apologize, count it as joy. Why? Because you should count it as joy knowing that when restoration happens, it happens sevenfold. If someone steals from you and God needs to restore it, He will restore it sevenfold. So count it as joy, every time you are hurt, count it as joy.

If it’s relationships, then seven times. When someone has hurt you or is causing you pain, take it to Jesus. You don’t have to suppress it. He will bring restoration.

When we were worshiping today, I saw something. I knew the Holy Spirit was speaking to me. He said, “The old relationships in your life that you have lost faith and confidence in, and the Lord brought in new relationships, and you kind of forgot about these old relationships because you lost faith in them, thinking they’re never going to change. You embraced new relationships, and your heart is with them now. But the Holy Spirit said, ‘The Lord is restoring the old ones too; He’s redeeming that.'” So if you’ve lost faith in old relationships, God is going to renew and restore them. It could be your parents, old friends, or anyone else you lost faith in. God is going to restore and redeem those relationships. So put it on Jesus’ tab. Any loss you go through, put it on Jesus’ tab and count it all joy. Start rejoicing because it’s either double portion or seven times. Jesus doesn’t just balance the books; He gives much more. Yes, much more. I want to emphasize it enough. The finished work of Jesus. It’s finished, it’s done. It is finished. It’s done. Live in absolute confidence that God has finished it.

Now, here’s the thing. If you’ve caused hurt to somebody, ask Jesus, and He will pay your debt on your behalf. I’m not saying that if there’s a possibility to talk to those you may have hurt and apologize, that’s great. But whatever they have lost because of you, God will restore it.

Divine Exchange: Our Sins for Righteousness

I’m reminded of John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world.” God did not just pity the world; He so loved it. He loved you and me, not just good people, not just those making it to church. He loved us as we are, imperfect. And then it says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” The greatest blessing God has given us is His Son, more than your promotion, more than your healing, more than the restoration of your family. What God has blessed you with is His Son. And that came from a place of love for you.

And Jesus, our precious gift, took upon Himself our sins, our sickness, and our debt, enabling us to embrace the righteousness of God and become one with Him. This divine exchange grants us the privilege to lead lives of true freedom. A life of freedom is your inheritance.

About the author

Samuel Thomas

Samuel is a second-generation pastor with a rich heritage in the Holy Spirit. He has been the pastor of Lighthouse Church since 2017 with a two-word mission statement: transforming lives. Samuel's priority in life has been to know Christ and to grow deeper in His love.

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