AS TERRIBLE AS IT SOUNDS, Jesus’ statement “It is finished” serves more accurately as an exclamation point affirming that the Son had been completely successful in his mission, not as a concession to defeat. Because the moment Jesus died, the possibility of our redemption was born.
When Jesus uttered the statement “It is finished” on that Good Friday and it echoed across all of history, he opened the door of possibility so that we could be restored to God as if we were actually worthy. In fact, and because of Jesus, I really am worthy; we all are.
Regardless of how I understand it, that dark day on Golgotha saved me. The best I can do in response is to live in the truth of such generous love.
– Derek Maul
Reaching Toward Easter
From page 127 of Reaching Toward Easter: Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Reflect on the the life-giving passion of Christ. Share your thoughts.
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30, NRSV
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