When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Sometimes I imagine a simple conversation between Jesus and all of us.
Jesus: “It is finished.”
Us: “What is finished?”
Us: “But you don’t know what I’ve done.”
Jesus: “Yes, I do. And now you know what I’ve done.”
Us: “But have you seen the evil and sin and death in the world?”
Jesus: “I have. And this is what I’ve done about it.”
Us: “This is a strange way to solve that problem.”
Us: “But I feel so far from you.”
Jesus: “Still finished.”
Us: “What if I’m not sure?”
Jesus: “I am sure.”
Us: “For me?”
Jesus: “For you.”
The finality of Christ’s work is a hard for us to believe. The life a faith can be a hard, murky struggle. But that doesn’t mean things are unfinished. To learn to believe, live in light of, seek the application of, and rejoice in, the finished work of Christ on your behalf is the basic task of the Christian life. And it’s not an easy thing to do.
But it’s the main thing. We do not move on to another thing because there is no other thing.
And it’s all done. For you and for me.