WHEN Jesus was on the cross he cried out: “It is finished” (John 19:30)
The work that the Father had sent him to do, he had done. And this work was to show us how to live, to show us the kingdom of God, to show us how to live in right relationship with our Father and each other, to show us the beauty of living to serve, to show us the power and glory and healing of the reign of God.
That work for Jesus was to be the fulfilment of messianic prophecy, to be the suffering servant, the sacrificial lamb, dying for the sins of the world.
This work that Jesus finished was the work of reconciliation between God and man, back to the way it was always meant to be, “God and man at table are sat down”. Praise God for the finished work of the cross.
Now Christ has risen and he is seated at the right hand of the Father, in the place of honour, and he lives to make intercession for us.
It says in the book of John that when he is lifted up he will draw everyone to himself. Are you being drawn?
Jesus stands in victory at the right hand of the Father. He stands in his beauty and his power and his strength. Here is someone who can put it better than me:
Crown Him the Lord of years,
The potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres,
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail
Are you being drawn? Jesus has done it, the finished work of the cross, and now, all of heaven waits for our response. What is your response?
The only response worth considering is falling with trembling awe before the throne of God and to live a life filled with prayer and praise and faith and worship.
We’re in a battle. It’s a battle between the old and the new, between this present age-power and the power of the age to come. The power of the age to come is where we gain our strength, it’s a sure and certain hope.
Everything that we experience that is holy and beautiful and true and noble and loving and kind is a glimpse of the future. This is what’s coming for us, the new earth, full of God’s justice.
This present age carries with it everything that is falling away, the darkness, the selfishness, the rebellion against God, the suffering and the wickedness of mankind. These things we are leaving behind as we travel through this world to our eternal home.
The Bible says: “For here we seek no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
We are pilgrims, travelling to the heavenly city. Knowing this should affect all of our decisions, our priorities, our attitudes. What we do with our time, our money, our relationships, our jobs, all these decisions should be made knowing that we’re not here for long, that this world isn’t it, that we are awaiting a better city.
Are you a pilgrim? Or have you settled?
The call of God to his people is that we fall in love again. Fall in love with the King, fall in love with his people.
In this time of reformation of our church, our greatest need is to reform our hearts, to take another look at Jesus, to live for the powers of the future.
Where we have grown dull, or bored, or indifferent, or tired, or disappointed, or unbelieving – turn again. In the name of Jesus, son of God, turn again.
Another verse of the hymn:
Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless king
Through all eternity.