Friday, April 6, 2007

6th word

John 19:30—When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”

While our inclination is to think the drink is that of juice, here and now, we might do better to think of it as the drink of God’s work—the cup God had given to him to teach, preach, heal, train, exorcise and then give of himself so that all might be saved. The cup which held so many burdens and so much pain—Jesus had drank of that agony, that abandonment, suffering, abuse, insults, and blood—Jesus drank of that cup, the last drop of which was sipped on the cross in those final moments, and now his work is completed. Finished in the sense of made whole—drawn into completion. Jesus’ work on earth was finished. He lived the sin free life, the life that focused wholly on God and God’s call for him. Jesus completed what he was called to do, and in him, the work of redemption could also be finished.

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