“It is finished.”
To understand the importance of these three, simple words, you must first understand their context.
The context is Jesus’ perfect life, led for us. The events of Holy Week culminating with the most selfless act in the history of mankind. The brutality and shame of Calvary. The grim sight of the cross. All of this, led us and Him to these three words. The three words that would display love, grace, mercy, and our future.
Those words speak volumes. His resurrection was the exclamation point. The victory dance. The ultimate celebration.
Those words tell us that there is nothing more that needs to be done. He has done it all for us. It truly is finished. His redemptive work is complete, nothing that we do will earn His favor.
We are completely His, bought by His own blood.
Many of our Lutheran schools have resumed classes this week after Christmas break. For many, it was a well-deserved and well-needed break from the rigor of school. It also served as a time for us to reflect on the birth of our Savior, and the life that he was about to live for our sake that would culminate with those words, “It is finished.”
The second half of the school year will be filled with challenges, blessings, disagreements, and struggles that we cannot even imagine. We live in a sinful world, and we will all have our failures.
When we have those failures, it is then we realize the power of Jesus’ statement on the cross. It is then we understand the full scope of His love for us. it is then we humbly fall at the foot of the cross, and realize that all we have is because of Him.
We have His treasured little ones in our presence every day of the week. We have the opportunity to bring them up in the pages of God’s Word. We have the fortune to proclaim to them every day, “It is finished!”
Look at the second half of this school year as an opportunity, an opportunity to share that pure Gospel message that is the completion of Calvary. The knowledge that by grace alone, by faith alone we are saved.
It is finished! Go forward this school year with the dedication, peace, and knowledge that is found only in Him.