This month at the One14 we have been discussing Jesus 2.0… Not that you can improve on Jesus, but talking about what Jesus did next (between crucifixion and now). It is important that we as Christians understand the power of the Finished Work of Christ Jesus, because we reap so many benefits from it!
The first thing that you need to understand is that Jesus DID finish what he came to the Earth to do. The Bible tells us in John 17:4, about a prayer that Jesus prayed shortly before his crucifixion. He said to the Father, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” Jesus came to the Earth with a specific purpose, which he achieved.
Because Jesus achieved the purpose that he came here to accomplish we receive these benefits: Salvation – A relationship with God the Father that mankind lost when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden; Sanctification – Set apart for a holy purpose beyond what this world can imagine for us; Authority – While we live here on this earth we can take authority over our enemy in the name of Jesus; Eternity – Instead of being condemned and separated from God forever, we are destined to rule and reign with Christ!
I encourage the youth this month to pay attention in class! If you understand the work that Jesus did after the cross, you will have a better understanding of the life you can have through Christ. Everything He did had a purpose and it was all done to show us what God has provided for us through the Cross!