I haven’t arrived in life. I’m still on a journey of restoration and redemption. The cross covers all the wrongs I have ever or will ever commit and all the heart issues that I have had to work through, need to work through or will have to work through. That is the beauty of what Jesus did when He died on the cross.
He uttered the words “It is finished”.
Jesus doesn’t lie.
Jesus doesn’t pull a fast one on you like your favorite uncle used to do when he’d tease you with the notion that he had your nose. That isn’t the style of Jesus. He’s not out to con or trick us.
Those three words are at the heart of the Gospel.
I don’t have to do it. I can’t do it. Only Jesus can. Oh, and He already did it.
In all of the Bible, in all of the words that we have recorded from Jesus, these three might be my favorite. There implications are vast. The past couple of days these words have been my comfort.
My heart and my head are separated by a mere 18 inches on my body, but right now my heart and my brain are separated by mere miles. My head, intellectually, knows what it needs to do. That I need to be full of love and forgiveness, compassion and mercy – but, it is so much easier to give into the heart which simply wants to get even, an eye for an eye, or even revenge.
I hate where my heart is at.
So, I get mad and beat myself up over the fact my heart doesn’t want to do what I know I need to do is. It distracts me. Pulls me off mission. I bottle it up. I take it personal. Thus doing more damage then the initial wound that caused the pain and brokenness that put in this place in the first place.
It is here, in this moment, right now, that I get to remember that “It is finished”. What I don’t need is love, forgiveness, compassion or mercy – but simply Jesus. Because not only has He already made me right in His eyes but He is love, forgiveness, compassion and mercy incarnate.
I sit and remember. “It is finished”. Jesus, I can’t do it. You need to do it.
Just do it – please…
What situations in your life do you need to remember that “It is finished”?