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C. H. Mackintosh once told of an old woman who was a believer witnessing to a lost religious man. The old saint said to her friend, “There is a wide difference between your religion and mine.” “How is that?” he asked. “Your religion,” she replied, “has only two letters in it and mine has four.”
The poor man was one of those religious people, like the rich young ruler, who hope to get to heaven by the things they do, by observing ordinances and ceremonies, keeping the commandments, and doing good works, by what the apostle in the 9th chapter of Hebrews calls “dead works.” But he did not understand what the old saint was saying.
He asked her, “What do you mean by two letters and four?” She replied, “Your religion is d-o — Do. Mine is d-o-n-e — Done.” “Do” is the religion of the legalist, the religion of works, the religion of Babylon. “Done” is Christianity. “Do” is the false gospel of antichrist, the lie of Satan. “Done” is the proclamation of the gospel, the good news of grace, the truth of God.
D-O-N-E. — Four golden letters! Precious letters! — Done — Precious word of grace! — Who can describe the relief of a guilt-plagued conscience when it discovers that all is done, done more than 2000 years ago on the cross!
The Lord Jesus Christ has done all. He has put away sin. He has “magnified the law and made it honorable.” The Lord Jesus Christ has vanquished Satan! He has taken the sting out of death and victory from the grave! The Lord Jesus has glorified the Triune God in the very scene in which the Almighty had been dishonored. He brought in everlasting righteousness. All of that, and more, is wrapped up in these four golden letters — D-O-N-E.
“Done” is the message of the gospel. Done is God’s proclamation of emancipation in the soul of every sinner who trusts the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, may God the Holy Ghost give you life and faith in the ever-blessed Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and graciously cause you to cease from your deadly doing and to rest in Christ’s eternal — Done!
Our Lord’s work of redemption is done. His atonement is complete. The sins, which he bore in his body on the tree, have been fully purged away, completely atoned for, and entirely removed. All that Christ came to do he has completely done. The priests of Israel could never sit down, because their work was never done, their sacrifices could never take away sin. — “But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.” The Lord Jesus Christ who redeemed sinners by his blood now reigns in heaven to save every sinner for whom he died by the power of his grace.
“Nothing, either great or small, nothing, sinner, no;
Jesus did it, did it all, long, long ago.
Cast your deadly doing down, down at Jesus’ feet,
Stand in Him, in Him alone, gloriously complete!”