Presbyter message

Dear People of God,


It is written, “When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”, and He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit” (John 19:30). We reached at the Lenten Season. And now the church is going in the route of meditation, prayer, passion narratives, and Easter Hope. Let us look at Jesus, how He was able to submit Himself to His sufferings. At least twice in Jesus' ministry He must have cried wildly and exultantly. One occasion came at the beginning of His ministry and the other at the close. When He finished with the third temptation in the wilderness, He shouted, “Get thee behind me, Satan” (Lk.4:8), indicating that He was through listening to the tempter. Now at the close of His ministry, Jesus once more shouted. This time the cry was likewise wild and exultant. “It is finished!” Both cry followed prolonged periods of distress. The first cry followed forty days of hunger and temptation. The other followed many hours of haunting misery and excruciating suffering. Both times He testified in the presence of God that He could withstand all the assault that the satanic forces of evil might bring against Him. No pressure was great enough to make Jesus, surrender His determination to be God's suffering servant and sinless sin bearer.

Few people can finish a job completely. At best we are but stammerers when we try to speak about God and weaklings when we try to do anything in His name. But Jesus was different! He never stumbled, mumbled, or grumbled. He kept His eye on God, His father. He would not turn back or be turned back. He was determined to complete the task God brought Him into the world to perform. His victorious cry, “It is finished!” reveals three things worth taking to heart. (1) The Suffering of Jesus is Finished: Jesus' sufferings did not begin at Calvary; He was persecuted at every stage in His life. The Pharisees dogged His tracks constantly, seeking every opportunity to find Him guilty of violating some small part of the Mosaic Law. Often the worst suffering is not physical, but mental anguish. (2) The Prophecies of Jesus' Finished: Beginning in the Garden of Eden and continuing until the last chapter in the last book of the Old Testament, we have what has been called the “Messianic strain”. Now every prophecy, every ceremony, every ritual, every foreshadowing of the coming Messiah's life and death for our sin has been fulfilled. (3) The Plan of Salvation is Finished: All that was necessary for the atonement of humankind's sin had now been accomplished. Of course, the resurrection had to follow, but the price had been paid. The Son has paid the price. Jesus had completed the work God has sent Him to do. From now on, the responsibility is on us. Are we really able to say “It is finished!” in our life journey?

May God Bless You and Our Church
Ora et Labora- Pray and Labour

Rev. Aby K Thomas

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