"It is finished."
The completion of a journey that started in a humble manger.
He cried out still hanging on that cross.
He knew this would be the end. And yet, it still wasn’t easy.
Not long before, in the garden, He uttered these words…
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me…”
Oh yes, it definitely wasn’t easy.
The Sanhedrin. The crowd. The 40 lashes. The crown. The cross.
The end of something doesn’t always come accompanied with sweet goodness. Sometimes it can actually be quite bitter.
So He cried out to His father because He knew what was coming. But he didn’t stop at “take this cup of suffering from me…” He ended with:
“YET I want YOUR WILL to be done not mine”.
I wonder, would I have responded with such grace upon facing the difficult task ahead?
His will, His plan…
At the end, will I surrender MY plan to make way to His?
PLAN : an orderly arrangement of parts of an overall design or objective.
Will I trust that He has arranged every part of the overall design of my life?
"I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." (Jeremiah 29:11)
Hmmm....perhaps it is safe to trust, to let go of my minuscule plans in exchange for God's immense plan.
And so, he cried out "it is finished" for He knew it was done.
He was sent to finish a task. So many things were finished at the cross. All His suffering in exchange for redemption. My redemption.
His finished work was the beginning of new life.
And what a finish that was!