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It is Finished = Stop Keeping Score

One of the most insidious illusions of humanity is our persistent pursuit of performance based faith. We have become experts in pointing to the failures, missteps, and violations of others, while poignantly, and intentionally, avoiding our own. We are precise accountants in our bitter recollection of others feeble attempts to live according to our rules, regulations and rituals.

Paul, in his writings to the Romans (Romans 7.7-20) declares the law exposes and illuminate our sin. All of our sins. As in, each and every one of us. We are all sinners. The law strips away our pretensions and blind conceit, our pious self-righteousness. The law boldly states in startlingly clear words, we are sinners.

Yet, the law, while exposing our sin, is powerless to redeem us and forgive our sin. The law identifies what righteousness is supposed to look like, but cannot birth it. The law is filled with information about our sin, but is impotent in any attempt to initiate transformation.

Only grace can transform. Only grace can redeem you. Only grace can write across our debt of sin “It is finished” with finality.

“...You...God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” Colossians 2.13-15

Here’s a quote that both stings and sings from the brilliant mind and poetic pen of the late Robert Farrar Capon. It stings because it confronts our natural instinct to keep score. It sings because it reminds us that God has forever settled the score against us.

The human race is positively addicted to keeping records and remembering scores. What we call our “life” is, for the most part, simply the juggling of accounts in our heads. And yet, if God has announced anything in Jesus, it is that He, for one, has pensioned off the bookkeeping department permanently…

It may be our sacred conviction that the only way to keep God to be ready, at every moment, to have the books we have kept on ourselves and others audited. But that is not God’s conviction because he has taken away the handwriting that was against us.” ~ Kingdom, Grace, Judgment: Paradox, Outrage, and Vindication in the Parables of Jesus

It is finished. Close the books, put up the pencil. Enjoy grace in all Jesus Christ.

As always, it’s your choice. Choose wisely.

peace, roy


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Roy Johnson

Senior Pastor

Through the Eyes of Jesus

I love to see people who love others like Jesus did. Didn't matter where you came from, how long you've been gone, how much baggage you carried, or how much help you needed.  Jesus loved and loves you. He viewed everyone he met as a future, if not already a follower.

I believe Jesus had an affectionate smile, immediately inviting you into a conversation with someone who would really listen. Someone who cared with the kind of rare empathy which transcended normal humanity. People who met Jesus were profoundly impacted.

Jesus had a passion for the forgotten, the folks who no one else wanted. The people who would make most 'religious' people nervous and uncomfortable. His compassion wasn't a social position. it was a deep conviction people mattered. Jesus was going to love you, it is who he was and is.

If you come from a difficult and troubled past, you were welcomed to join him.  He didn't spend timne focused on the past, but today and tomorrow. He saw the present in light of the future. He wasn't surprised by people's shattered lives. But He didn't look the other way either.

This is who Jesus was, and is.  This is who I want to be.

As always, it's your choice. Choose wisely.

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