This is the final post in a series on “The Awe of Jesus.” Click here to review John’s previous messages.
Jesus’ love and work for you is a masterpiece—a finished work (Philippians 1:6).
Imagine how insane it would be for you to take a felt-tipped pen and try to add a few strokes to the Mona Lisa. Or take a hammer and chisel on Michelangelo’s David. These are finished masterpieces. Completed works of genius. Any additions would only ruin and diminish the value.
The greatest work this world has ever seen was Christ’s work on the Cross for you and me. His work of salvation is a masterpiece beyond comparison, a finished work— perfect and complete. There is nothing that you can or need to add to improve its merit. Christ loves you. He suffered and died for you. He offers to you the merit of His finished work and the power of His resurrection.
If you come. If you believe. If you receive.
Nothing needs to be added to His finished work.
Not your good works. Not our human efforts.
Nothing. You can’t improve His masterpiece.
But you can come to Him by praying words like this to Him that come from your heart …
“Lord Jesus, come to me, I come to You to receive Your forgiveness. I trust Your love for me. Come, Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Give me your forgiveness and make me new. Thank You for dying for me. Thank You for paying my debt of sin to God. I believe You died and rose again for me and now I receive you as my Lord and Savior.”
If you prayed this prayer in simple faith, trusting Jesus to do for you what you cannot do for yourself, God has given you your request. Moving forward, your experience of God will be built upon the foundation of four eternal truths:
- You are forgiven (John 1:9)
- You have eternal life (John 3:16)
- You have become a child of God (John 1:12)
- You now have a new life with a new beginning (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Whoever you are, He is there for you.
Since Jesus says, “whosoever will can come,” (Revelation 22:17) and you have come, no matter what you do or call yourself, He will be with you and He will be unique to you.
Are you an architect? He is the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).
Are you an astronomer? He’s the bright and morning star (Revelation 22:16).
Are you a baker? He is the living bread (John 6:51).
Are you a builder? He is the sure foundation (Isaiah 28:16).
Are you an educator? He is the greatest teacher (John 3:2).
Are you a farmer? He is the Lord of the harvest (Luke 10:2, Matthew 9:38).
Are you a geologist? He is the rock of ages (Isaiah 26:4).
Are you a judge? He is the righteous judge (Psalm 7:11).
Are you a lawyer? He is the counselor, the lawgiver, the advocate (Isaiah 9:6).
Are you a philosopher? He is the wisdom of God (Romans 11:33).
Are you a statesman? He is the desire of all nations (Haggai 2:7).
Are you a laborer? He is the great rest (Matthew 11:28).
If you have ever prayed that prayer, He is your Savior, Redeemer, and Lord.
And to all of us who are sinners and trust His death for us and the love that He offers to us, He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).
Thank you for allowing me to share the awe of Jesus with you over the last few weeks. May God bless each of you who read this and follow the Prince of all Peace.
“…truth is in Jesus…” -Ephesians 4:21