Faith In Action ‘Completing’

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There’s something extraordinarily satisfying about completing something. Whether It is finishing an athletic event, writing a report for the office, working out at the gym or just cooking a great meal.

it’s a good moment when we come to the end, breathe a sigh of relief and can say, ‘It’s finished!’
John 19 verse 28 to 30:
V 28: “after this, when Jesus knew that everything was now accomplished that the scripture might be fulfilled, He aid, ‘I am thirsty”
V 29: “A jarful of sour wine was sitting there: so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on hyssop and held it up to His mouth”.
V 30: “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is Finished!’ Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”’.

Wrapped up in that little word that we translate as finished are ideas of fulfillment, accomplishment and achievement. It is a word not of despair but of triumph, the sort of word that you might gasp out when you cross the finishing line of a marathon.

It is clear that Jesus is not saying ‘I am finished’ but rather ‘it is finished’. But what is the it that has been finished? In John’s Gospel Jesus describes himself several times as someone who has been given work to do by his Father.
John 4 verse 34: Amplified Bible: “Jesus said to them, ‘My food {nourishment} is to do the will {pleasure} of Him Who sent Me {The Father} and to accomplish and completely finish His work.”

That work, it is clear, is not just calling his disciples or teaching, but dying on the cross. To someone familiar with the Jewish faith of Jesus’ day what is going on at the cross is almost unsubtle in its obviousness. At this point in the afternoon before the start of Passover, in the temple barely a mile away from the cross, lambs are being sacrificed for the sins of the people of God. Actually what is being ‘finished’ here is not just Jesus’ work, but the whole Old Testament system of practices.

In the time before the cross, men and women could only look forward in hope that God would someday find a way to pay off what they had done wrong.

In the time after the cross, men and women look back to this moment with faith and gratitude.

Here at the cross we see the end of humanity’s long quest. If we understand what Jesus did on this cross and trust in him then we can say about our own personal search for salvation, it is finished.

Galatians 2 verse 16: “Yet we know that no one is justified by faith by the works of the law but by Faith in Christ Jesus and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no human being will be justified”.
Galatians 2 Verse 20: “And I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in The Son Of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.’
It is Finished, All Christ Jesus came to do on the cross. Now a New Purpose has begun, for all those, any ‘Whosoever’ Who believe trust and relies on Christ Jesus, as Their Lord, Their Redeemer and Their Friend. John 3verse 16;

God Bless

OFJ

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