It Is Finished
Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
- John 19:30
There are a few ways to translate Jesus's last word, the Greek word telos. They are each worth pondering.
It is finished. All his suffering is over. He made it to the very end of the pain and messiness of this life and it never has to be done again. Perhaps most important for us personally, we never have to face our brokenness alone now because he finished the race and thereby knows our pain.
It is complete. All the work he set out to do is done. All the sin of the world has been sucked into his heart and soul and mind and body, and then supernaturally dealt with. So we are free, not having to figure out what to do with our sin any more.
It is perfect. Although few would think of that moment as perfection, "perfect" certainly described the life he lived and the love he showed, all the way to the bitter, final end. Apparently perfection didn't mean a lack of suffering or some sort of isolation from the crud of this world. Perfection had everything to do with true love being on display for everyone to see and for everyone to have access to.
Ponder these last words of Jesus today, and give him thanks.
Tonight: Join us for Good Friday service at 6pm at Bill and Katy White's home, 2490 Maine Ave, followed by a 7pm potluck dinner.
Sunday: Celebrate Easter at City Church at 10:30 am - bring a friend! We'll have an Easter Egg hunt immediately following.