Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

[Good Friday thoughts a little early]

John 19:30

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Not finished … ever 

Well, it’s done. Over. Finished. A long day’s dying is complete, and the forces that that refuse the One who is Love have won … again.

The world stays the same. The attempt to force the wheel of history to a course beyond the constant,  cycle of living and dying, gaining and losing has lost. And the cynics are correct. The more things change, the more they remain the same.

Nothing has changed.

Our hopes for something truly new under the sun and in our hearts can be sealed in a tomb and locked away. We can try to forget the fire of passion Jesus awakened in our breasts and go on living, doing the best we can, knowing tomorrow is not a new day but the same old day over and over again until the grave finally swallows us up, too.

He is gone and too soon is all we see and love. It is finished.

No … never. For the Love that was … and is … in Jesus the Christ has completed its course of loving this world … and us … to the end, giving itself to reveal and glorify of the Love who is always and always will be.

The Love Christ is has reached the depths of human experience and revealed the height of the Love our minds and hearts cannot imagine.

What is finished is death. What is finished is guilt and shame. What is finished is our separation from the Love whom our hearts require to be full and whole.

What is finished is all the sin and pain that mars the wonder of creation and our precious lives. It is defeated by Christ who absorbed it all and gave back only the beauty of One Love who filled him.

What is done is the need to wonder if Love or death reigns. We have seen Jesus dying on the cross where Love is crowned and the glory of God made clear.

Soon the world shall see … a new day is about to dawn. It’s still Friday, but Sunday is coming.

Pr. David L. Miller

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