“It is finished” John 19:30
We all are likely familiar with the movie, “Groundhog Day”. Bill Murray plays an obnoxious weather man who is forced to live the same day — February 2 — again and again and again and again. Every day the same thing happens, and sometimes he deals with it well, and sometimes he deals with it poorly, but no matter what, he can’t move past February 2. Every day is the same. Have you ever felt like your life is that way? Every day is the same old set of problems and struggles, and try as you might, you never can make any real progress. You take one step forward, and the next day it’s two steps back. You make a little progress, and the next day you lose it all. I know people who live this way, and I confess that I have spent more days than necessary living this way myself, with no real progress in my life, no real victory, just repeating one wretched day after another. If you know how it feels, you’re not alone. Many Christians are in the same boat. You know what we are? We’re stuck in a never ending Saturday. What do I mean by that?
On Good Friday, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. As He hung there dying, the last words he spoke were, “It is finished.” This phrase can also be translated “paid in full.” This refers to His work of salvation on our behalf. It refers to our sins. They have been forgiven, completely, paid in full. This means that when you turn from your sins and turn to Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He washes away your sins. He removes the guilt of the past. The Bible says that He puts our sins behind His back, that He separates our sin as far as the east is from the west, that He buries our sin in a sea of forgetfulness. When you acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you can know that you are forgiven, that you have been given eternal life, that you will live with him forever. That’s the assurance that every Christian can have, because of what happened on Good Friday, when Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
We also know what happened on Sunday, the third day. The lifeless body of Jesus had been wrapped in burial clothes and placed in a grave. And then the Spirit of God entered the tomb on Sunday morning, and He breathed life into the body of Jesus. And His heart began to beat, and His lungs filled with air, and His eyes were opened, and He stood to His feet, fully alive. By the power of the Holy Spirit of God, Jesus was raised from the dead.
And do you know what the Bible tells us? It tells us that the same power which raised Jesus from the dead is available to you and me. Paul said…
If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
Paul wrote these words in the middle of a chapter focused on living in spiritual victory. The power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you, to give you the power to live a victorious Christian life. That’s the promise of Easter.
So here’s the problem. Many Christians are caught between Friday night and Sunday morning in a never-ending Saturday. We have been saved, we’re forgiven, and we know it, but the power of the resurrection is just beyond our reach. It’s always Saturday.
If you’re living there right now, I want you to know that this is not what God wants for you. He has more for you, much much more. He wants you to move beyond Saturday, and learn to live in resurrection power.