It is finished! – Don Brennan
An incredible life changing statement by Jesus. It is finished.
The early church and even today some preach a “Jesus +” gospel. For the Jewish Christians it was a battle over Jesus + circumcision. For others it’s Jesus + being Catholic or Jesus + being Protestant. For modern cults it’s Jesus + the leader of the cult.
IT IS FINISHED! Jesus has done all that has to be done.
It is Jesus who is the Son of God, the fulfilment of God’s plan to save you and me.
It is Jesus who cried on the cross ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Matthew 27:46 NIVUK as He experienced the unimaginable separation from God instead of us.
It is Jesus who also cried ‘It is finished.’ John 19:30 NIVUK.
It is Jesus who is raised from the dead “…. tell his disciples: “He has risen from the dead …..” Matthew 28:7 NIVUK
IT IS FINISHED! ….. we have relationship with God again. We can engage deeper with Jesus.
IT IS FINISHED! ….. we have an exciting, life-enabling message to bring to others – we can introduce them to Jesus – share our stories.
IT IS FINISHED! …. we can bring the practical consequences of Jesus’ love to enrich our communities.
IT IS FINISHED! ….. we can embrace the challenges of a future without lockdown, a new normal, with confidence and courage not despair and fear.
IT IS FINISHED! …. our message of hope is a simple one “Jesus said to her (Martha), ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;” John 11:25 NIVUK. Sadly, it’s too simple for many but that does not reduce our responsibility to proclaim it however we can.
Verse for Today – “IT IS FINISHED!” John 19:30 NIVUK