In response to the Jews who were upset that Jesus healed on the Sabbath, our Lord said to them “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Under the Law of Moses, it was forbidden to work on the Sabbath day (Exodus 31:14). Yet Jesus did not come to this earth to rest but to “…do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).
Indeed, Jesus spent His time of this earth doing the will of the Father. The evidence of Jesus and His disciples working was that “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matt. 11:5). And yet there is still seemingly much work for Christians to do even now. So when Jesus, dying on the cross, said “It is finished” (John 19:30) what did He mean?
The simple answer is found in John 17:4. Praying to the Father, Jesus said “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” The last thing our heavenly Father gave Jesus to do was die for the sins of the world. Yes there is still work for us to do but Jesus’ work on earth was finished when He died on the cross.
In Christ, Steve Preston
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