The Unfinished Work of Easter by Stan Coffey

The Unfinished Work of Easter
Dr. Stan Coffey
John 20:1-7

OUTLINE:

I. HIS WORK OF REDEMPTION IS UNFINISHED
II. HIS WORK OF RESTORATION IS UNFINISHED
III. HIS WORK OF RESURRECTION IS UNFINISHED
IV. HIS WORK OF RAPTURE IS UNFINISHED
V. HIS WORK OF RETRIBUTION IS UNFINISHED
VI. HIS WORK OF RECLAMATION IS UNFINISHED.

Every preacher has preached on the finished work of Christ on the cross. When Jesus died he cried with a loud voice, IT IS FINISHED. The Pharisees and Scribes hoped that HE was finished. The demons of hell had a holiday because they thought Christ was finished and that they had thwarted the work of redemption that Christ came to do.

But Jesus did not say, I am finished, he said IT IS FINISHED. The work of atonement was finished. The sacrifice for sins was finished. The plan of salvation was finished. Sin, death, hell and the grave were finished. There remains no more sacrifice for sin for Jesus made that ultimate sacrifice that was alone could wash our sins away.

All that was necessary for man to be saved was finished, for Christ became sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. That’s why salvation is Jesus plus nothing. It is not Jesus plus works, Jesus plus baptism, Jesus plus ritual, salvation is by faith in Christ and in Christ alone.

Calvary speaks of the finished work of Christ. Calvary was forecast by a holy God long before the foundations of the world was laid. The road that Jesus took on this earth was always to lead to the cross. It was on that cross that all the sins of all the people who ever lived and will live was laid on the Son of God.

Calvary speaks of the finished work of Christ. But the empty tomb speaks of the unfinished work of Christ. Had Jesus not been raised from the dead then you and I would still die in our sins. The finished work of Christ took place on the cross, but the unfinished work of Christ begins at the empty tomb of Jesus on that first Easter.

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