A story is told of a famed cabinet maker who decided to surprise a life-long friend with a gift. For months, he worked to produce a beautiful table and delivered it to his friend’s home. Then to his surprise, his friend, with a piece of sandpaper, walked toward the table planning to add his efforts to the masterpiece. The master craftsman cried out, “Please, stop! There is nothing more to do. It is finished.” Similarly, Christ on the cross did all that was necessary for us to receive the gift of eternal life. We don’t need to help by doing good works. Because on that old rugged cross, as He died, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Paul later explained it is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy” that we are saved.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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