My favorite quote of all time comes from Jesus as He was hanging on the Cross. “It is finished.”
He didn’t choose an easy way to conquer sin and death. He spent nine months inside of Mary, just as all of us spent that same amount of time hanging out inside our own mother’s womb. He endured a normal human birth, just as we all did. He dealt with the same things we did as children. He learned how to work, play, and live a human life.
We’re talking about God’s Son. The Creator of, well, everything. A King with a royal lineage. I truly believe at any moment, Jesus could have said “Okay, Dad. Let’s skip past all of this birth, childhood, and learning how to be a carpenter stuff, and get straight to my ministry. The people need their Savior. Let’s just make this quick and get it all over with.” But He didn’t. He took on the full weight of being human.
And He did it all for us.
I don’t know about you, but that brings me to tears.
We spend so much time worrying about what others think of us. We go through life with the ups and downs of needing approval from other people. We allow life to dictate our worth and value.
And my question to us all is simply…why?
The value of something is determined by the price paid. Look at the price Jesus paid for us. What else needs to be said? When He died on that Cross, He destroyed sin. When we decide it’s time to quit living for us, and surrender everything to Him, we become a new creature. We are no longer born of flesh, but of Spirit. God becomes our Father. Sin is done. It’s part of our old flesh, which we bury when we are transformed into the new us.
1 John 3:6 says:
Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.
When we are born again, we become one with God. We are reconciled back to Him through the finished work of the Cross. (1 Cor 5:17-19) This revelation is so awesome. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, humanity was cut off from God. Jesus had to die on the Cross to reconcile us back. We can now boldly stand before God as if we never ate from the tree in the Garden. Born again means the old is gone, ALL things have become new. We walk in the spirit and not the flesh. Jesus defeated sin when He died on the tree. We don’t have to keep “fighting” sin.
Why live as if we are still fighting a battle that has already been won?