Description:Years ago a man came to pay the price for all the evil that had taken place on this earth for all humanity. When the act of compassion was completed this man bowed his head and cried, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and died.
Verse: When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. John 19:30
As Jesus was preparing to give His life a ransom for Sin, the Bible tells us that He made this simple statement. “It is finished!” I believe that these are the greatest words Jesus Christ ever spoke to mankind. Today we too are happy and content when a big event occurs in our life as it represents a significant accomplishment.
These big events in our lives represent challenging times that we took with excitement not really grasping what was ahead of taking on the task. What if we knew all the requirements beforehand, so that we could have thought clearly before just saying to the person who asked us to do the task, “sure, no problem.” I know that I have taken on my own many tasks that if I had some idea of all that would have been required of me, I might have not been so eager to accept the responsibility of the task assigned.
We do this so often in life, not knowing what the outcome or requirements because of other reasons taking on the new responsibility. Possibly because we felt the responsibility or role to take on the assignment; or possibly be cause we wanted to impress someone or show we were capable of doing anything. To often we find ourselves head over heels with more on our plate that what we can handle.
But let’s think about the man who was sent here to make up for all the wrong decisions that you and I will make in our entire life. But this person was set down and told the whole story, every vivid detail that would occur from his birth to his ultimate death. Today we would say he was told the “whole story, and nothing was omitted.” But he had a big assignment ahead of him, and a short period of time to not only fix a major problem, but also convince why he ultimately came to earth in the first place.
The verse that is displayed so many times, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whosever believe in Him, would not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He would have to convince the world that He loved them so much — that He was willing to give His life for me and you. But the real truth He came for everyone. The story was really great and it is recorded in a book that all of us have been exposed to one time in our life –the Bible.
I don’t have the time to go into all the details, but you can get your own personal copy of the book and read this great story of love. But here is what happened, the world decided it would be better for this person to be crucified for telling the story of His Father’s love for humanity. The good news many people accepted his free gift of salvation and followed Him all the way to a hill where he hung him on a cross to get this story to end for their reasons.
What they failed to realize was their plan was part of the details that were discussed between the Father and His son. When every detail of this horrible day occurred we celebrate today as “Easter,” the celebration of a risen Savior who died and was risen from the dead, and that finally someone paid for all the sins –the bad things and choices that all humanity has or ever will do was forgiven by His sacrifice.
When this man, they called Jesus said to the world, “It is finished!” There was nothing else that needed to be done by anyone, other than accepting the gift of salvation offered to all of us. I have never did anything of major significance as this man, but I do get that he cared more about me, than anyone else has ever cared about me. So possibly the next time when you are finishing a task that you agreed to do, you will remind yourself of what someone else did for us, because He loved us.
Yes, it is overwhelming to take in–but the fact is, He did it and we can rest no matter how we complete any assignment, and we have the assurance that our choices or our mistakes can be forgiven anytime and anywhere. I maybe finishing a big project today, but knowing that what Jesus willfully took for me is more than I can grasp, and I am grateful forever.
Prayer: Lord as we celebrate Thanksgiving help us be thankful not only for what you help us do for others, but where you did something greater for us by dying for all my mistakes and agreeing to forgive me and love me everyday. I am so grateful.