Words from the Heart for Friday April 2nd, 2021
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.”
John 19:30a (NRSV)
It is Finished
The T. Eaton Company Limited, commonly known as Eaton’s, was a Canadian department store chain that was once Canada’s largest. It was founded in 1869 in Toronto by Timothy Eaton, an immigrant from what is now Northern Ireland. Eaton’s grew to become a retail and social institution in Canada, with stores across the country, buying-offices around the globe, and a mail-order catalog that was found in the homes of most Canadians. A changing economic and retail environment in the late 1900s, along with mismanagement, culminated in the chain’s bankruptcy in 1999.
Even before sin entered into the human heart and impacted all of creation, God had set a plan in place to redeem the world. It would take millennia to unfold and would include patriarchs, judges, kings and prophets. They would tell of a Messiah, the promised One who would redeem the world by laying down His life, taking the punishment that justice demands for the sin of every human being. Finally, the day came when Jesus entered the world, fully human and fully divine. He grew up, began in His teaching ministry, drew a team around Him that would take the message of the Kingdom to the whole world, and finally went to the cross to die in our place. The redemption plan was finally reaching its conclusion. This is why we read Jesus words from the cross in John 19:30a: “It is finished.” All that was necessary for the redemption of human hearts and all the rest of God’s creation had been completed. Jesus’ death guarantees all who place their faith in Him will be given the gift of eternal life. No wonder we call this day, when we remember Jesus’ death, good.
These have been words from the heart.