It is finished. Perhaps the most memorable words ever spoken. It is finished. The words that Jesus uttered when He completed what He had come to Earth to do. He came to be the sacrifice for the sins of this world. It is finished. Have you ever wondered what Jesus might have been thinking just prior to saying those three powerful words? Looking beyond for a moment the intense physical pain He would have been feeling, what was going through His mind? He had fulfilled His destiny, accomplished His mission. Was there a feeling of fulfillment in His heart? Did Jesus have a sense of relief now that He had finished the job He had been sent here to do? Remember now, Jesus was God in physical form and therefore was subject to all the emotions that we, you and I feel each and every day. Perhaps He did have a thought along the lines of “I am so glad this is done now for I am so very tired now and in much pain”. It is possible that this occurred and if it did, this would not mean that our Lord was weak or that His sacrifice would mean anything less. If anything, it would make the sacrifice He made all the more real and important, yes? He knew all of the physical pain, the mental and emotional anguish that He would be going through before He had to endure it. Yet He did it anyway for this world of ours. I am reminded of a line from a Star Trek movie oddly enough but one that is applicable to this subject this evening. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few….or the One”. This is what Christ considered and knew. This is why He came to us and why He sacrificed Himself painfully but willingly for our sins, because of the needs of the many. And for this, I am more than grateful.
I wonder how many of us would have the strength of character to do something like this. Would I be able to sacrifice myself for the needs of the many while knowing ahead of time the pain I would suffer and realizing well beforehand that this was my Destiny. Is what I am thinking blasphemous? Am I putting myself on equal footing with God when I say such things? No, I am not. However, I will say this. Since Jesus was in human form just as you or I, He would’ve had the same thoughts with regards to the sacrifice He would be making in His future. And additionally, He could have decided not to go through with it. Just as you and I are given free will, Jesus was also given that same free will. Yet He chose to remain and to walk willingly into the fire, into the presence of His tormentors and allow them to do their worst. Was it His love for humankind only that made His decision to follow the path chosen for Him? Indeed it was. But personally I believe there was something a bit more as well. It is finished. Our Lord knew the importance of these three words. And while I am sure He did feel relief in escaping the ruined physical body He had been given, I think there was a sense of satisfaction for Jesus as He uttered those words. Not in some arrogant or prideful manner that would say, “Look at Me and see now what I did!” No, I speak of a satisfaction which finds peace and rest in the knowing that a job was done well and correctly, in knowing that the needs of the many outweighed the needs of the few….or the One had been the real issue and with that issue resolved, the many would benefit. A sort of pride of knowing. True pride is always selfless and void of arrogance and conceit, yes? That is what I believe, what I feel our Lord felt when uttering “It is finished.” Oh and for the record, as much as I would like to believe I could make such a supreme sacrifice, one of giving my life? I am of the mind that I could not do so. At least not by being reliant on my own resources.
Yet, this does bring me to the reason I felt led to write this piece tonight. It is finished. Each one of us were placed into this world with a unique purpose and destiny. And it is only in the pursuit of the fulfilment of our Destiny and it’s attainment that we will ever feel true contentment and peace. I can attest to this personally for I spent years, even decades doing everything I could to run from what our Creator placed me here to accomplish. As a result, I spent years, even decades in opposition not only with God but in direct conflict with myself. And how does that old saying go exactly? You cannot run away from yourself because wherever you go, there you are. This is a rather wise adage. No matter what I did and no matter where I went, my spirit was right there all the while, a constant reminder of who I was supposed to become. Needless to say, I find myself carrying a lighter load these days which is ironic because I always felt if I accepted my Life purpose, it would be a tremendous burden to me. My friend, what is your Life purpose? What path has Destiny chosen for you? Whatever it may be, you will not know true happiness until you walking the road and heading in the direction that has been purposed for you. Give this some thought, if you would.
There is one other item I would wish to mention here this evening. It is finished. When ever we accomplish something and bring it to fruition, we can say these words. And what a grand feeling they bring us at that point! This is true, correct? Of course it is. When we leave a project undone and incomplete, there is no feeling of joy or accomplishment for it is not finished. Now just for a moment, let us look at a bigger picture, so to speak. Look some years down the road with me, please. Your life here on Earth is coming to a close soon now for time has gone by as time always does. Let us look back on your Life’s road for a moment as we stand between this world of the physical and the spiritual world that you will enter into soon. What are your past years revealing to us now? Did you fulfill your purpose here? Yes? No? Were you in active pursuit of your Destiny? Yes? No? If your answer at present would have to be a negative one, I have good news for you just now. You are not presently standing with one foot in this world and the other in the world to come. This being so, I would encourage you to make a choice today. Choose to go down the road the Creator has placed before you. The blessings that lie down Destiny’s road will far outweigh any sacrifice you may have to make. And the greatest blessing you that will be gifted you when you do approach your journey’s end will be that you will know in your heart, in your spirit and mind that you have given all and with your Life’s purpose is completed, you can also say with peace and satisfaction that “It is finished”.
And now this particular piece is also finished. I appreciate any and all of you who have taken time out from your day to read these words. I am hopeful that you have found something of value for you here. Be blessed in your day and always bless any and all who you meet along your pathway. Take care with yourselves.
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr