A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:29-30)
Christianity begins not with a big do, but with a big done! We begin our Christian life by depending not upon our doing but upon what Christ has done.
Until you realize this you are no Christian; for to say “I can do nothing to save myself; but by his grace, God has done everything for me in Christ,” is to take the first step of faith.
“Our old man was crucified with him that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin” (Rom. 6:6) – Watchman Nee
That is not an exhortation to struggle. That is history: our history, written in Christ before we were born. Do you believe this? It is true!
Our crucifixion with Christ is a glorious historic fact. Our deliverance from sin is based, not on what we can do, nor even what God is going to do for us, but on what he has already done in Christ!
When that fact dawns upon .us and we rest back upon it, then we have found the secret of a holy life.
Prayer – Thank you, God that we have a great high priest, who is now in heaven. He is Jesus, your Son. Help us hold onto what we know about him, and you. Amen. (From Hebrews 4:14, CEV)
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