Monday, February 17, 2014

What's done is done ... right?

You've probably heard the phrase, "What's done is done."

Depending on when that line is proffered, there can be some wisdom in it. We humans have a remarkable ability to break things, from trust to relationships and everything inbetween. When we've blown it, there's little value in wringing our hands and going on and on about what we've done. Instead, we need to fix what we can and move forward.

That's often the best we can do as human beings.

But that isn't the case with God. With our Creator, the harm and damage of what has been done can be undone, just as if we had never sinned. The means for such gracious redemption comes from Christ on the cross at a time when Jesus uttered the most profound versions of "What's done is done ..."

"Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill scripture he said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, 'It is finished!' Then he bowed his head and released his spirit," John 19:28-30.

In all of human history, never had a rendition of "What's done is done ..." ever been more essential than Jesus' pronouncement of, "It is finished!" What was necessary to undo the damage done from sin and death was now finished, and our future --- our eternity --- would never be the same!

"He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God," Romans 4:25.

"He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west," Psalm 103:12.

"Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life," Titus 3:7.

What Jesus has done, is done! Have you received, by grace and through faith in Christ, the forgiveness of sin and adoption as children of God?

Scotty

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