It Is Finished and It Has Begun

When Jesus said “It was finished” we know that the pain of His beating at the hands of the Roman soldiers was over.

The humiliation of being mocked by many of the same people who cheered Him in triumph just days earlier had come to an end.

The sting of his death, on the cross had been vanquished.

When Jesus said “It was finished” we know, it also meant that the way had been made for us to have a new beginning.

It was a new beginning for us when darkness fell on the land from the noon day hour until three o’clock.

It was a new beginning for us when the curtain in the Temple was torn from top to bottom.

It was a new beginning for us when the Roman officer overseeing the crucifixion, worshiped God and said “surely this man was innocent.”

We got that new beginning, which is forgiveness from sin; because Jesus gave His life and died a criminal’s death on the cross. He arose from the dead with all the glory, authority and God almighty power!

Jesus is sitting today on the right hand side of the Father; living as the Prince of Peace, the Bright in the Morning Star. Jesus is our real and living sacrifice for the sins of the entire world.

Therefore, it is finished and it has begun!

Yet, the question for all of us on this Easter weekend is this:    What have we done with this new beginning, paid for us by Jesus’ suffering on the cross?

  • Have we taken advantage of our new beginning by living our lives loving the Lord and obeying His commands?
  • Have we taken advantage of our new beginning by loving our neighbor as ourselves?
  • Have we taken advantage of our new beginning by making disciples and proclaiming God’s word?

I know that I have not always taken advantage of the fresh new beginning given to me by Jesus.

Nevertheless, Jesus is always there to give us another opportunity for His goodness; His salvation and mostly importantly, His love.

There is no better time than this Easter weekend to embrace the fresh new beginning provided to us by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

We can obtain that fresh beginning by simply coming to the Father in prayer.

Please, take a moment and pray with me:    

“Father I come to you as a sinner in search of a fresh beginning.  I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die for my sins.  I am sorry for not loving you, for not following you and for not obeying your commands.  I ask for you to come into my heart, not only to save me today; but, to guide me for the rest of my life.  Beginning now!  It is finished!  My old ways are over.  But, thanks to Jesus, my life has started again… and this time with you!”   It’s in your son Jesus name I pray. Amen   

Today Jesus wants us to know that:  It Is Finished and It Has Begun

 

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