On Easter Sunday, Pastor Jeremy Johnson continued our series “It Is Finished” by revealing the exchange that happened because of the death and resurrection of Jesus. When Jesus died for us, He became our ransom and freed us from a life of slavery to sin and escorted us into a life of sonship.
Near the end of Christ’s crucifixion, John 19:28-30 says, “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.”
It’s worth noticing here that the Romans didn’t kill Jesus, the nails didn’t kill Jesus, but Jesus killed Jesus. It was not until He fulfilled the will of the Father and said “It is finished” that He gave up His spirit and died. “It is finished” is a verb that stands for the past, the present and the future. When Jesus said these words He said, “your past is paid for, your present is paid for, and whatever happens in the future, I’ve got your back. Don’t worry about it.”
Before Jesus, the people of God were paying the minimum payment for sin with the sacrifice of goats and calves. They knew every time they sinned, they were in need of redemption, and sacrifices were the only way to achieve that at that time. Hebrews 9:12 says, “He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves, but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.” The sacrifice of His life was a once and for all deal. After He died and rose again we no longer had to pay for sin. He paid for it all!
Why then do we continually try and pay for our own sin? In the church, we often times think the more we do for God the more He will love of us, but that is an absolute lie. A parent doesn’t love their child because they do something, they love them just because they are theirs! According to Galatians 4:7, we are no longer slaves, but children of God, and because we are children of God, we are also heirs. Jesus died a slave’s death so that we didn’t have to, so that “slave” would no longer be our identity. Every time we buy back into a slave mindset, we hurt the heart of God because our slave status has been exchanged for royal status!
If you still feel enslaved by the things of the past or by the mindset that you have to work for God’s love, ask Him to give you the mindset of an heir instead of a slave and to show you His love for you. It’s time to throw out the reasons why God can’t love you and ask Him about the reasons why He does!