This season, we’re blessed with a set of Lenten devotionals by contributing author Lee Hinkle. Find out more about Lee at the bottom of this article, or at hinkledownunder.com.
John 19 (ESV)
“It is finished.” That is really all that needs to be said.
“It is finished.”
“It is finished.” We can now be who we have been created to be. We can be our Truth selves.
“It is finished.” Darkness has been destroyed; hostility between God and man, and between man and man, has been killed.
“It is finished.”
As I have been writing the quote of Jesus on the cross, “It is finished,” each time I have had to backspace because I so want to capitalize “Finished.” It should be in all caps. Like a shout—but more of a proclamation. There is nothing more needed to bring us back into a right relationship with God. There is nothing else that needs to be done to make us sons and daughters of the Most High God than what has been accomplished on the cross. “Jesus paid it all” is the words to an old hymn. He did pay it all.
Rest. Rest. Rest.
Jesus, forgive us when we try so hard to prove our worth to you. We are unworthy. We are ragamuffins. You have saved us and you alone can declare that “It is finished.” We praise your holy name. Make us worshipers. Make us those who trust and rest in you alone. Amen.
Rest. Mourn your sin, but rest in the Truth that you are forgiven by the work on the cross. Rest because it is FINISHED.
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Lee Hinkle is an American pastor who, with his family of 7, felt God’s call to pack up and plant a church in Fremantle, a town in Perth, Western Australia. Last Summer, the Hinkles left Indianapolis and arrived in Oz to begin their work. You can follow their adventures at hinkledownunder.com.