With our human limitations, it is hard for us to grasp the enormous implications of those final words from Jesus on the cross, “IT IS FINISHED” (John 19:30). From God’s perspective, His holiness demanded wrathful judgment on sin and man’s sinful condition needed to be completely satisfied. The perfect, sinless Lamb of God was the only answer. He must be crucified and thus lay down His life of His own accord.
“For this reason, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from My Father”” (John 10:17–18).
Is it enough to know that Christ died for us? (Romans 5:8; along with many other Scriptures). Paul takes this objective truth and makes it very personal or subjective; “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live” (Galatians 2:20). We will never experience freedom from sin until we see ourselves as crucified with Christ and dead to sin (Romans 6:10-11).
Most of the problems we face personally and in the Church begin with not understanding what happened at the cross of Christ. "For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1). Freedom begins in the heart and soul, and if persons do not grasp that freedom, they will never fully understand the moral and religious freedoms that God has called us to stand in.
I ask you, do you see yourself crucified with Christ? If not, the next two days will not have real meaning to your heart, mind and life. Come back tomorrow for more of the story.
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