The Seven Last Words 十架七言 - 2022.4.10
大齋期靈修 – 胡玉藩牧師
Lenten Devotion – The Rev. Angus Wu
Sixth Word: “It is finished.”
Jesus said: "It is finished", not to emphasize the “success” of a task well done. Jesus said: “It is finished” because after a long, arduous and patient waiting, God's plan of redemption, which He
had prepared before time eternal, was finally accomplished.
Jesus was incarnated and was born in a manger because there was no room in the inn. He was then hunted down by King Herod, and His parents took the young Jesus and hurriedly fled to
Egypt. After growing up, He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. In the overthree years of itinerant preaching, traversing dusty roads, He did not even have a place to lay his head.
Temptations never left Him, and attempts to stop Him from going to the cross were made through the disciples he loved: His heart agonized over this and over the cup of suffering He was to bear. In the end, He was betrayed by His disciple, flogged, reviled, scorned, insulted, mocked... At the moment of crucifixion, nails pierced His hands and feet, and blood oozed from the wounds on His body.
The criminal railed at him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”. Jesus did not "save himself," but instead sacrificed His own life to save us.
After a long, arduous and patient waiting, Jesus said, "It is finished."
Prayer: O Lord, please help us to accomplish God’s plan, so we could live the life of a grain of wheat, that is, a life of self-sacrifice for the sake of others. Amen.