“Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life - no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.” // Romans 6: 6-8
It Is Finished // Kaleigh Steinorth
Anyone who has ever passionately worked on a project in which they were personally invested will know how hard it can be to take a step back from it, exhale and think “it is finished.” We tend to fixate on things we could tweak, improve, expand upon - we strive towards perfection, and the idea that it could be more perfect never quite leaves.
The beauty of what Jesus did for us on the cross is that it is so counterintuitive to this way of thinking. When He was crucified some 2,000 years ago, He took all of my dark places, all of my mistakes, all of my stuff with Him. And He left it all there, nailed to the cross. In that moment, it was all finished. Before I was even born into this world, He had already forgiven me and was just waiting for me to drop all of my heavy burdens at His feet.
On Sunday, Pastor Josh spoke about how Jesus needed to change the spiritual code of our lives. Jesus wanted us to feel accepted and loved the way that we are, but He didn’t want us to stay that way - so He went to the cross.
When Jesus took His last breath and said “It is finished,” we stopped having to strive for perfection. We stopped having to live as slaves to our sinful nature. We stopped having to hide those dark places inside of us - we stopped having to cover them up, and we stopped having to fill them with things that would only cause us more pain. In that moment, Jesus flooded our dark places with His light. He picked up our burdens, nailed them to the cross, and as He died, so did our old way of living.
This has taken me a long time to really accept but I believe it is paramount to my faith - there is nothing that I need to do, nothing that I need to become, nothing that I need to strive toward, nothing that I need to keep carrying with me. My Savior died to bring me His peace. He died to show me that all I need to do is have faith in who He is, accept His gifts of endless grace and relentless love, and share these gifts with others. It is not about what I need to do, it is about what’s already been done. It is finished.