“It is finished…” (cont.)
The work of The Christ enables all those who believe, to emerge from the darkness and selfishness of this world, and to step out into the glorious light of Our Savior. We, who believe, are living testimonies of the new reality:
The kingdom of darkness no longer has any rightful hold over our lives, in any area of our lives. Jesus’ radiant light has utterly dispelled and disarmed every shade and nuance of that darkness. We are the children of the King and the children of His Light.
What Jesus won, when He went to that cross and died for us, was an eternal and infinite victory. The forces of evil and darkness were utterly and completely defeated on that day. “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:15)
That glorious victory is meant to be displayed in, and through, every redeemed soul in every generation of The Church. It is the entire basis of what it truly means to be Christian. We are the living display of God’s infinite grace and Masterful handiwork.
We are now God’s handiwork, on display for all the “rulers and authorities” to see – and to shudder, and marvel. That God could take fallen and self-consumed lumps of dirt and make them useful vessels for His noble purposes is amazing. That He could take these vessels and make them living, breathing representations of His Own character and nature is even more amazing still.
All this is exactly what God has done – it is the purpose behind everything He has accomplished for us through the work of His Son. His every desire is to display His perfection and His goodness in, to, and through those He has redeemed and restored by His Own handiwork. The remarkable truth is that we are not becoming new creations – we are new creations. His perfect power, and will, could do no less.
When Jesus declared “It is finished,” He was declaring: “It is completed.” Everything that God needed to do, was done. Through the work of Jesus: We are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that (we) may declare the praises of Him who called (us) out of darkness into His wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)