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It Is Finished

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When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

I used to run to prayer, to get my sins forgiven and gain some sense of sanity in my crazy life. I still do at times. I was fleeing into God.

But now I’ve entered back into the mystical way with Jesus, my corporate model has dissolved. I now come aside to sit and breathe, to meditate, pray and enjoy God’s presence. To read deeply and to love deeply…to taste the waters of eternal life.

There’s nothing left undone. Nothing I have to do, or gain, or keep or protect. All is done. It is finished.

When I enter into Christ’s finished work, there is rest…deep rest from all my labors, worries, and woes. Like being in a cave of the heart or on a mountain peak, time is suspended, or better yet swallowed up with eternity, and there is peace.

I breathe in rest, overflowing with the gratefulness for Jesus, who did what I could never do, to make a place for me.

There’s an expansive freedom realizing that there’s nothing left to do. It is finished.

And resting, in that fullness, that wholeness, where we have emptied ourselves out of all our desires, our agendas, our hopes and dreams and fears, as we rest, God fills us that we might learn to bear God’s love and forgiveness to a broken world.

Instead of working for God, we bear Jesus, we are bearers of life from God. We carry in our lives, dripping like a cup of cool water, sharing life-giving waters, to a dry and broken world.

There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.  

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  • Bob, this word has touched me so deeply. I hardly know how to describe or comment on it. After spending a month painfully learning how to still my restless soul and seek deeper rest in God, I still feel like I’m just on the brink of understanding a glimmer of what it means.
    But you, dear friend… ah, you have struck gold here and my thirsty soul wants to mine these words and sit with them a while:”And resting, in that fullness, that wholeness, where we have emptied ourselves out of all our desires, our agendas, our hopes and dreams and fears, as we rest, God fills us that we might learn to bear God’s love and forgiveness to a broken world.” Indeed. Thank you!

    Blessings of rest and peace to you this Easter. 🙂

  • Joy, you always leave me speechless, thankful and a little lost in wonder. Thank you dear heart.

  • Really? That’s how I feel when I read your words here. They reach me soul deep. Thank you, friend. 🙂

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