Tuesday, January 19, 2016
When Jesus uttered from the cross, "It is finished," he was not announcing the end of himself. His followers would soon learn the complete truth in the proclamation, "He is risen!" The story of his earthly life, his ministry, his miracles and teaching, all comprised God's plan of redemption. Now, Jesus announces God's plan is complete. His blood shed, his final breath, with the cry of victory in finishing the work he came to accomplish.
His resurrection gives power to the offer of salvation to every sinner. Since "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," we can see how personal it is for us that Jesus finished his work to redeem each of us.
God desires us to be in relationship with him. His love and grace are extended to us in that he gave his Son to die in our place, paying the price for our sins. That message is paramount in scripture, and illustrates the extent to which God will go to bring us to himself in eternity.
Will we, as our life is ending, be saying "It is finished?" Will we accomplish God's purpose for our lives to be loving, trusting and obedient to him? Every moment we continue live, may we be aware of our purpose in knowing such a relationship with him, and sharing his message of Good News with others.