The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Saturday, April 19, 2014

"It is finished!"

"It is finished!" - John 19:30

What is finished, Jesus? A few days earlier Jesus and the Father were having a talk (we call it a prayer) when Jesus said,

Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. (John 17:1-5)

What is Jesus talking about? What is finished? It cannot be the establishment of the church as this was not to happen for several moths. What is finished is the full revelation of who God the Father is in the world. To know Jesus is to know the Father; to meet Jesus is to meet the Father. What is God like? Love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, friendship, strength, grace under fire… - Ron Friesen

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