Day 6 of Holy Week   Leave a comment


resolute

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Today is the day that Christians all over the world stop and pause to remember Jesus dying a cross.  Today we are reminded of why Jesus chose to die and what that means to our life, and more importantly our eternal life.  In my reading of Scripture today, Jesus’ final words echoed in my thoughts.

“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’  With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  (John 19:30, NIV)

Jesus’ words cause me to wonder, “What is finished?”  There are many answers to that question:

  • Jesus’ life
  • The fulfillment of the prophesies and Scripture
  • The salvation work
  • Jesus’ obedience to God
  • The pain and suffering
  • Jesus’ ministry in this life

All of these are likely responses to my question.  In Jesus’ death on the cross, there comes an end to this chapter in the Jesus’ story.  However, this is the end of Jesus or Jesus’ work in any way.  Like many aspects of life, now we wait, or at least we wait in the telling of the story.  Jesus is placed in a tomb which is carved in the stone of a hillside.  For many, this clearly signaled an end.  However, for believers on this side of the story, we know that this is not the end.  The full culmination of Jesus’ powerful display of love will not be realized for a few more days.  In addition, Jesus’ work still continues today.

So as a believer, it is important for me to pause today.  It is important to be in limbo for the next few days.  The reward is a great celebration in a couple of days.  A celebration which will be just a small foretaste of the greatest celebration yet to come.  These days of limbo give me great insight to the limbo in which I live every day as I await the full completion of God’s glory in my life.

 

 

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