Who likes starting a new project? We all do. We get stuck into it, the adrenalin is flowing and we normally make a mess, but we have started. But then it doesn’t take long for the realities to hit home. The project loses its shine and motivation wanes. Recently I have had the privilege of completing my project car and it is a pleasure to be able to drive it and to have seen it through to completion. But finishing projects takes hard work and sticking to it. Most people would say that the last 10% of any project takes 90% of the effort.
Jesus knew what he was on earth for and he knew what he had to do. He had to go the cross to make a way for mankind to be in relationship with the Father. Jesus was under enormous strain as he prayed in the garden for the burden to be taken from him, and when he looked around for support it was nowhere to be found. His disciples were having a bit of a nap. But Jesus saw his task through to completion. John 19:29-30 (NIV)
29A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
When Jesus cried out “It is finished”, he had seen his mission through to completion, and now we have the benefit. We can choose to accept his sacrifice and be in right relationship with the Father. What is our response?