It is finished! 

These three words can change your life. 

They changed mine. 

For the longest time, it seemed everywhere I went, or whatever I tried to do, guilt was right there with me, haunting me and toying with my mind. My sins weren't the stuff of legend, but they were sins just the same, and I deserved to be punished. But when, how? I didn't have the answer, only the sobering thought that someday God was going to punish me. 

This fear kept me from seeing what Christ had accomplished on my behalf. 

I knew of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, and I knew He died for the forgiveness of my sins. Yet, forgiveness was not a reality in my life. I wasn't even convinced that it was a possibility. Because I kept messing up, I wondered if God was willing to forgive me at all. I pleaded with Him, asked Him into my life countless times, but still guilt hovered, casting a shadow on everything I did. Nothing changed. 

In my mind, the issue was far from over. I wanted forgiveness. Surely there was more that I needed to do to get it. But what more could I do? Something had to give. 

I felt overwhelmed. I finally cried out to God for answers. The answer I needed came at a Bible study I started attending. Colossians 2:13, 14 was the passage that delivered the good news to my heart: He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

Jesus had already accomplished for me what I was so desperately working for. He forgave all of my sins. His shed blood took them away once and for all.

 Forgiveness was mine.

But why was this truth so hard for me to believe? I knew Christ had died for me. I learned that at a very young age, but I missed the meaning. 

I think this is true for many believers. We have certainly seen this to be the case on our radio broadcast. And recently, this comment showed up on our blog: "I have always struggled with the truth that my sins are forgiven. I never felt forgiven, always the feeling of guilt. I thank God that He is teaching me my sin really is taken care of completely in Christ." 

Of all the truths we discuss on the Basic Gospel broadcast, forgiveness is the most misunderstood, the most vigorously debated, and yet the most desired. 

You can understand why forgiveness is such a hot topic. All of us sin. That truth just keeps forgiveness in the forefront of our thinking, primarily in the form of questions. 

What do I do when I sin? 

Can I know with full confidence that God has forgiven my sin? 

If He has forgiven me, why do I keep doing the same sin over and over? 

The answer to all of these questions is contained in the three words Jesus uttered from the cross. When He cried out, "It is finished!" that is exactly what He meant. These weren't mere words; this was a victory cry. The sin issue between God and man was over. The fatal blow to sin had been delivered. Sin had been taken away once and for all, the debt paid in full

Just three simple words comprise the most powerful, life-changing phrase in the entire Bible. "It is finished!" 

 

For more information on this subject, a suggested resource is Drive the Stake (CDDTS).