THE FINISHED WORKS OF CHRIST

07-17-2011

(John 17:4; 19:30)

 

FIRST WORK

 

   John 17:1-4 When Jesus prayed to the Father He specifically mentions that the work that God the Father gave Him to do was “finished”. There must have been something other than the death on the cross that needed to be done because Jesus had not yet gone to the cross to finish that particular work.

   John 4:34; 5:36; 9:1-4; 17:4 In order to save some time, here are the scriptures that show exactly what it was that the Father gave Jesus to complete before He went to the cross.

   John 10:24-26, 37-38 Here Jesus tells the Jews plainly that the works (miracles) that He was doing were those works that the Father wanted Jesus to perform in order that the Jews might recognize Christ.

 

FINAL WORK

 

   Romans 5:1-2 When asked about our salvation, often times Christians are quick to point out that we are “saved by grace”' but if questioned further about it most find it difficult to present a proper and in-depth explanation regarding this Grace that we are so quick to fall back on.

   John 19:30 It is the “finished” work on the cross which constitutes the content of the words “It is finished”. Specifically, the work that was accomplished by Christ and totally completed is what each Christian should know fully and persuasively. There are three doctrines that come from the cross. These three are most important because they extend benefits to both the saved and the unsaved in that the finished work on the cross was done with the whole world in mind; John 1:29;3:16, I John 2:2, 4:14.

 

I. REDEMPTION

( to purchase and remove from the market never to return)

 

   I Corinthians 5:7 Everything on the other side of the cross done to the Jews was a type or shadow of what was to be done on this side of the cross, Jesus is called our Passover based on the great miracle of the Passover in Egypt (Exodus 6:6; 12:13)

   I Peter 1:18-19 The Apostle Peter writes to us believers on this side of the cross telling us what great price was paid for our redemption from sin.

   Leviticus 25:25, 47-48; Ruth 2-4 The Law provided for a redeemer and the book of Ruth shows us how a “kinsman redeemer” had to perform. (1) He had to be kin, (2) He had to have the means to buy the redeemed, (3) He had to be free from guilt, (4) He had to be willing. Jesus had all the qualifications.

 

II. RECONCILIATION

( cause to make friendly, to settle a matter)

 

   Romans 5:10  It was the death of Christ that brought us peace and reconciliation with God.

   II Corinthians 5:18 When we accept the free gift of salvation, we are given our first assignment.

 

III. PROPITIATION

( the offering of a gift in order to satisfy the wrath of another)

 

   I John 2:2; 4:10 Jesus was the propitiation for us to the propitiated one (God the Father).

(1) Phil. 2:6-8 He had to be inferior to the propitiated one. (2) Hebrews 10:19-20 The gift must precede the offender. (3) Hebrews 9:11-22 The gift must be valuable enough to bring the desired result.