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‘It is finished’

Recently I visited some extremely happy friends who had just moved into a new home. They had purchased a lot, selected the style of home they wanted, and then Borowswatched the progress of the various craftsmen who transformed the dream of a house into the reality of a home. Periodically, they would drive to the site of their future home, look at the progress and take a few pictures for their scrapbook. When I saw them recently they had just moved into their new home and they were extremely happy because they could now look at the house and say “It is finished.” A real sense of accomplishment!
Early one morning, I began the writing of this column. There were visits and appointments and a variety of tasks that captured my attention during various parts of the day. Late in the afternoon I was finally able to look at the typed manuscript and say “It is finished.” A sense of accomplishment!
Two thousand years ago, God’s Own Son, Jesus The Christ, hung upon a cross suffering and dying for us and, in the last few moments of His agony, Jesus was heard to say, “It is finished.”

Yes, you and I have heard those words before — we’ve all said them before — but never in the way Jesus said them upon that cross — never as a judgment upon an entire life.
Jesus came into the world to show us God’s Love for us in the most meaningful and dynamic way possible and He did that completely with nothing left to be done. Jesus came into the world to pay the penalty for our sins to earn us Divine Forgiveness and Pardon and He did that completely with nothing left to be done. Jesus came into the world that we might have life and have it abundantly and He accomplished that completely with nothing left to be done. Jesus came with purpose and tasks to fulfill and in the last moment of His earthly life was able to say in a way no one else ever could “It is finished — all has been completed perfectly, fulfilled in its entirety with nothing left undone, it is finished.” And then Jesus died to rise again three days later with eternal life for us all.

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