It is finishedIt is finished may seem like a strange title for an essay but in this case it is appropriate. The Bible records that Jesus said, “It is finished” just before “he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). What Jesus meant was that all that he came to our world to do was finished.
By: Pastor Kirk Schield, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Two Harbors, Lake County News Chronicle
It is finished may seem like a strange title for an essay but in this case it is appropriate. The Bible records that Jesus said, “It is finished” just before “he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). What Jesus meant was that all that he came to our world to do was finished.
God, through Jesus, created all things that exist from nothing. Then God did something unique. Or actually, he formed someone: “And the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living creature” (Genesis 2:7).
That first person was the man that God named Adam. And then, using a rib from Adam, God created the first woman, Eve (Genesis 2:18-25). God’s plan for Adam and Eve, and all people who would be birthed by them, was for them to live in his presence and enjoy that wonderful place. In his unfathomable wisdom God had placed a tree in that garden called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” You probably know the rest of the story: Satan, an angel that rebelled against God, tempted Adam and Eve to eat of that tree, and in eating the fruit they committed spiritual suicide. What they were thinking was, “Yes, we want to be just like God.” And still, today, we think we are capable of being just like God. But we are not just like God. He is the creator-we were created by him. God could have just destroyed everything-and we wouldn’t be here today reading this newspaper. But, again, in his unfathomable wisdom and love God began to carry out the plan he had even before he created all things: he would send his own Son, Jesus, into human history to be born like us and live the perfect life that we as sinners couldn’t live. Then, this perfect God-man would sacrifice his life as the payment for our sin. Jesus really died. But since he was God he rose from the dead. All who trust God, who believe that the Bible is his true Word and that his Son Jesus is their Savior from sin will have a restored relationship with him.
So, back to the title, “It is Finished.” Our sinful tendency is to say, I can’t be finished. “Surely I must do something fix my problem; I must do my best. There’s no such thing as a free lunch!” In this world wracked with sin and greed that’s true. But in God’s economy there is such a thing as a free lunch. God wants us to enjoy this world he created; he wants us to live with him forever in the restored garden, or heaven to come. So he paid the entire cost for us to be there. No strings attached. That means that when we trust that what he says is true, we have that gift of joy here now, and eternal life, there, then.
When we realize that his love is so wonderful, our response is “Thank you God. Because of the love you’ve shown me, I want to love my neighbor in return. I want to help them in whatever way I can. That is why a Christian does what he or she does: they are responding to what God has done for them in Jesus. We do what we do not because we HAVE to, but because we WANT to. All our sins are forgiven by God because of Jesus. “It is finished!”
Pastor Schield serves at Shepherd of the
Lake Lutheran Church in Two Harbors.