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Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Finished…

     At any moment along the way, Jesus could have said, “That’s enough! No more!” He could have shook Himself in a far more powerful way than Samson ever dreamed of. His enemies wouldn’t have stood a chance. He could have stopped the mouths of the unbelievers. He could have sent His critics to their graves. He could have called twelve thousand angels. He could have planted one foot in the sea and the other on the land and declared that judgment would be delayed no longer. He could have done all this and more, but He didn’t…wouldn’t.
     He fought redemption’s battle with His chosen weapons of warfare…with the Body God prepared for Him…with all His heart and soul. He fought by means of His faith in Father God. And He fought with the force of a mighty Love such as the world had never known. And even though it often looked like it, never more than here at the Cross, He did not fight in vain.
     “Now,” said He, “It is finished!” The first human life ever lived in perfect harmony with His Father’s will was completed. The limitations of human existence were finished. Never again would He have to look for a place to lay His head. Never again would He be hungry, tired, cold or lonely. Finished was the Devil’s opportunity to get at Him through His humanity. He had known all the unrelenting temptations to evil that all humans know…yet He remained without sin. Finished was His astounding masterpiece…His portrait of the Great Heart of God Who would have all people to be saved. Finished was His being lifted up in order to draw all people unto Himself. Finished was the Sacrifice that God prepared before the foundation of the world. I’m convinced that when Jesus exclaimed, “It is finished,” that those words were further demonstration of His Lordship. For He had already said He had power over His life…power to lay it down and power to take it up again. He demonstrated that power by saying, finally, after all His sufferings, “That’s enough! It is over! It is finished!” What a Lord! And we are so pleased to remember that though His great Sacrifice was finished…He was not!  Friday’s eclipse couldn’t stop Sunday’s dawn! Praise God!

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3 thoughts on “Finished…

  1. Good stuff! I love that He wasn’t saying “That’s it. I quit. I’m through” He was saying His life as a man, fighting in the flesh, was finished. Not the end of His work, just the completion of that part of His “job”.

    My mind cannot comprehend what His body and mind went through in being on this earth. He was definitely a foreigner! This was not home by any means. He gave up things I cannot even imagine. On top of that, His holy, pure, sinless body took on all of my sins…all of mankind’s sins!! It is absolutely unfathomable!

    His human-ness was finished…but the love that made Him come to us in the flesh is eternal.

    THROUGHOUT OUR BOOK AND ESPECIALLY IN THE STORY OF JESUS’ SUFFERINGS AND RESURRECTION, WE LEARN THAT GOD IS NEVER FINISHED. EVIL RANTS AND RAVES, GOD PREVAILS. EVIL PLANS, GOD SMILES. EVIL THREATENS, GOD WINS. OVER AND OVER AGAIN, TRUTH AND RIGHT APPEAR AT THE SCAFFOLD. OVER AND OVER AGAIN, GOD VINDICATES THEM. AND EVEN WHEN THEY ARE IN FACT HUNG AND EVIL GATHERS ITS CRONIES TO ENJOY THEIR “TRIUMPH,” BEHOLD, THERE IS AN EARTHQUAKE AND GOD RESURRECTS RIGHTEOUSNESS TO GO MARCHING ABOUT IN VICTORY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. EVIL IS POWERFUL. GOD IS SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL. EVIL BRINGS PAIN AND SUFFERING. GOD TRANSFORMS IT. EVIL HAS ITS DAY. GOD HAS ETERNITY. NEVER FINISHED…OUR GOD IS NEVER FINISHED! HOPE LIVES, BECAUSE HE LIVES. LET’S TELL EVERYONE WE KNOW.

  2. It is hard to wrap my mind around Jesus’ sacrifice. But when I look at His final moments it is clear. He had the power … they were not going to “take” His life … He was giving it for us. That was very important. It demonstrated for us, once again, the choice that He was making. Once again He was more powerful than the devil and all his schemes.

    It is important for me to realize that He did not give UP. He GAVE up. He did not quit because they had beaten Him. He quit because He won. Mission accomplished … let eternity begin.

    WOW, PAIGE! WISH I HAD SAID THAT! YOUR LAST PARAGRAPH REALLY HITS THE MARK. I’M NO PROPHET…NOT EVEN THE SON OF A PROPHET…BUT I THINK THERE’S A BOOK IN YOUR FUTURE. WHETHER THERE IS OR NOT, THERE SHOULD BE (NO PRESSURE THOUGH). YOUR VISITS WITH THE WORD END WITH YOU BRINGING SOMETHING OUT FOR THE REST OF US TO SEE THROUGH YOUR EYES. IT IS A BLESSING. I THINK IT IS A GIFT…AND I SEE IT GROWING IN YOUR WRITING. I KNOW IT’S A CONTINUING RESULT OF HIS WORK IN YOU WHICH ISSUES IN HIS WORK THROUGH YOU. IT’S A PRIVILEGE TO WITNESS EVEN FROM A DISTANCE. MAKES ME LOVE OUR FATHER MORE. HELPS MY HOPE FOR THIS WORLD. HIS GRACE BESTOWED UPON YOU IS PRODUCING GOD-GLORIFYING FRUIT.

  3. Rex Boyles on said:

    I long for the day that the Lord will signal – “it is finished” – with the sound of the trumpet … made possible by those whispered words at Calvary. But until that day I will seek to do whatever He gives me to do until I can say, “it is finished”.

    FAITHFUL PAUL WAS WILLING, THOUGH HE LONGED TO GO TO JESUS, TO REMAIN IN THIS WORLD IN ORDER TO MINISTER THE GOSPEL TO LOST HUMANS AND TO NEEDY, NEW CHRISTIANS.
    I CHARGE YOU, MY DEAR FRIEND, IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND OF CHRIST JESUS TO KEEP PREACHING…TO KEEP TEACHING…TO KEEP TOUCHING WEARY HEARTS WITH THE WORD…TO KEEP HELPING THEM FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS…TO KEEP BRINGING THEM HOME…TO KEEP INSPIRING THEM TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE SAME MISSION YOU HAVE…TO KEEP REFLECTING HIS LOVE TO US SO THAT NONE OF US WILL QUIT. WE BELIEVE YOU ARE NOWHERE NEAR FINISHED. WE NEED FOR YOU NOT TO BE FINISHED. AND THOUGH YOUR HEART IS SO WEARY NOW AND AGAIN, FIND STRENGTH IN HIS AND OUR LOVE FOR YOU TO KEEP PREACHING…TEACHING…REACHING. PLEASE…STAY WITH US AS LONG AS YOU CAN…PLEASE GOD…AND LET HIM BE THE ONE TO SAY “IT IS FINISHED.”

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