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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, February 03, 2007

It Is Finished

Tetelestai - a one word summation of the greatest act of God, the atonement and satisfaction of the Cross for salvation, the great injustice, God dieing for sinful man. The word means to discharge a debt, to bring to an end, complete, finish, fill up, fulfill.
We can be rather glib in stating we must take up our cross and obedience to the intent that that command means, as compared to our understanding of the level of commitment and obedience and belief which is the common and current practice prevalent in the personal lives of Christians and our church community today?
Tradition tells us that when Jesus was a teenager there was a rebellion in Israel which was cruelly crushed by the Romans. It was told that 1760 Jews were crucified, they were lined up along the side of the road, 30 feet apart extending for 10 miles. This is what Jesus was facing. The agony, pain and suffering witnessed by this young man would not have left Him, it would have been the future indelibly burned into His conscious thought, always the nagging memory haunting His present.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
Did e'er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compos so rich a crown?

Within the context of this thought is the very simplest of ideas, forgiveness. Our call to the life of the cross is founded in the reality of forgiving one-another. A wise man noted that "bitterness destroys more Christian workers than immorality". When asked by Peter in his magnanimous way, 'how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Jesus responded 'up to seventy times seven', 490 times we are to forgive the malicious, wantonly inflicted, unprovoked offenses committed against us. The cross means forgiveness.
Ephesians 4:32 "... be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you."

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