Friday, April 18, 2014

“It Is Finished”

By Melanie Rigney

If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the Lord shall be accomplished through him. (Isaiah 53:10)

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46)

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit. (John 19:30)

Jesus, help me to say, “It is finished” to the parts of my life that displease you.

And so he died, for the most part abandoned by his friends and the adoring throngs who had accompanied him much of the past three years. That’s what happens when you challenge earthly authorities, it seems. That’s what happens when you stand up for God and those two greatest commandments.

And if we truly desire to grow ever closer to the Father, it’s what happens to us as well. It happens not only when we breathe our last, but when we put aside a displeasing behavior… and lose our companions in addiction or chicanery. It happens when we shut down a gossipy conversation… and anger a friend, no matter how diplomatic we are about it. It happens when we stand up for religious freedom, to the astonishment of those who assume that because we look like them and dress like them, we always think like them.

Death. If we listen to the Lord, it comes to us every day. And leaves us stronger and more faithful in its wake.

What about your life needs to be put aside today so that you may serve the Lord with all your heart, soul and being?

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