Today is Good Friday, well that is what Christians call it at least. It is the day that our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ willingly went to the cross to die and pay the ultimate price for our sins. So in once sense we get that as a good thing, hence Good Friday, and in another we can see that as a lot of pain that someone endured. The Good thing is that Jesus endured that pain so that you would not have to. He paid the price of sin that cost Him His life. And He did it to give you the life that He has always wanted you to have.
We all love test don't we? I mean the pressure when we have a certain amount of time to complete something and if we don't complete the task in that amount of time we could get into trouble. The adrenaline rush that you get because you want to finish the task in the fastest amount of time possible. (Oh, that may just be me that I am talking about.)
We all can start a test. But how we start a test doesn't mean anything. It is how we finish the test that counts. It is the outcome that matters the most. Have you ever had to do a test that required nothing from you?
Let's face it, our whole life journey is a test. But can you imagine someone finishing that test for you?
The verses that we are going to read about for today's post are short but very important. They are important because it speaks about a test Jesus finished for us.
Jesus has just gone through a lot of torture. He has just endured a lot of pain. He was nailed to a cross. I cry when I stub my toe on something small, and Jesus went through a lot more pain than me by going to the cross. Jesus was following the instructions that were written out for Him to complete.
All of scripture points to Jesus. All the commandments and prophecies, every part points to Jesus. He was in the beginning and He will be with us till the end of time. In these verses Jesus was finishing the test, He was finishing His journey, that was laid out before Him.
Today this would be something similar to just plain finishing school. Stop and thing about something, you are in school for majority of your life (depending on how old you are now, but back when you were young...) between the ages of 6-18. So for 13 years you are doing school work. Whether be home school, private school, or public school. You are doing test after test after test. As an adult, we are still doing test after test after test.
Back to school... When will the madness ever end?! Until one day it does. It is your senior year in high school and you are about to graduate. All of those tests and homework assignments have finally paid off and you are finishing school.
You followed all the instructions given to you by the teachers. You helped with projects with your peers. Is all of this starting to sound familiar? Jesus did this. He was tested by the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. He was questioned and tried, even to the point of death. He healed people. He helped people. He taught His disciples. It is now His senior year and He is completing everything that He has worked towards.
Jesus death on the cross was not for Himself, but rather His death was for us. Jesus was perfect. He never committed any sin. He never did any wrong. Imagine being the parent of Jesus; life must have been really easily.
Jesus' death was meant to finish the test that was ours to take. His death was to bring us back into the relationship with our heavenly Father. For years the prophets would proclaim a coming Messiah who would rescue His people from slavery. The prophets were talking about Jesus and Israel but God meant for ALL PEOPLE to be His children.
Jesus is the start and finisher of our salvation. He was with God at the beginning of time. Right when Adam and Eve did what they were not suppose to do Jesus was there. He is the one that loves us so much that He wanted to fulfill every word that the Bible teaches about Him. The three simple words, "It is Finished." are powerful to hear. He is finishing a test to bring us back into a right relationship with God.
Jesus finished sin. He defeated the power that sin has over us. "It is finished."
Everyone reading these words, Jesus gave up His life for you. He did this so that you can have joy. He did this so that you can have peace. He did this so that you no longer have to live the life that you have been living.
Jesus died on the cross so that you can welcome true life into your life. He finished a journey to teach each of us how to truly live and love one another. He did this out of mercy and grace.
Today as we celebrate Good Friday remember all the pain that Jesus endured to finish a test that was our to take. He died to bring us back to Him. He died so that we no longer have to live a life of sin. He died, and said "It is finished." to give us life. When we welcome Jesus today we welcome life.