DIG for Wednesday the 21st of June…..His work was once and once only…..Hebrews 10 v 12

Yesterday I wrote about the finished work of Jesus Christ and His final words before He died on the cross.

Through this work we can enter His rest and we can approach God on Jesus’ performance rather than our own.

We all know sin was an issue, and it had come between man and God.

So sin had to be dealt with once and for all so that men could, once again, boldly approach God the Father.

Jesus was the One chosen to deal with the sin issue and He did deal with it on the cross.

He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities (Isaiah 53 v 5).

On the cross Jesus took all our sin, once and for all, for all men for all time.

He dealt with sin once and once only, and He dealt with it ALL.

And once He had finished this work He returned to His father and sat down (Hebrews 10 v 12).

I love this picture that this verse gives us of Jesus sitting down with His work finished.

When Jesus said, “It is finished”, He meant so much; the work of the Law for man was over, the effect of sin was over and His work was over.

Jesus finished all that required to be finished, once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12).

Our work (and religion) is also over, we can now approach God through Jesus’ complete and perfect work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that we can approach you through His performance”.

Hebrews 10 v 12…..But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God


DIG for Tuesday the 20th of June…..dead religion must have your works…..Galatians 5 v 1

I saw a rather interesting post on Facebook this morning, comparing the last earthly words of Jesus and Buddha.

Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19 v 30), while Buddha is claimed to have said, “Strive without ceasing”.

Now, I checked other sources for his final words and got many different statements, including, “Strive with earnestness” and “Live life pure with diligence”.

Whatever his last words were, Buddha was telling his followers that they still had to do something and indeed keep doing it well.

Jesus told His followers that what had to be done had been done; indeed whatever it was had been finished.

Buddha was talking of works, while Jesus was talking about rest.

Christianity is all about what Jesus has done and completed, religion is all about what we still have to do.

Christianity is not a religion, in that it was not man made, it was Christ made!

All religions of this world (and I do not include true Christianity in this list) are systems of rules and regulation whereby men try and live a worthy and good life, allowing them to reach out to God.

Religion is all about works.

Christianity is all about resting in the finished work of Jesus, or it should be.

Christianity requires you to have faith in Jesus and does not require works for you to be worthy in the sight of God (John 6 v 29).

Paul warned the church about the dangers of religion, reminding them not to return to dead works and slavery (Galatians 5 v 1).

This warning is as true today as it was when Paul wrote his epistle.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can enter into His rest and liberty through the finished work of Jesus”.

Galatians 5 v 1…..Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of slavery