I don’t know about you but I can’t stand leaving tasks undone. I took a personality test of some kind several years ago and being a finisher was one of my traits. God is the same. He is a finisher, completing the task and mission and purposes He has established and set out to do through Jesus and our lives.
Jesus came to this earth on a mission to save us from our sins. That mission included things like healing, caring for the poor, giving hope who didn’t have any and being tempted as we are tempted but ultimately standing in our place of judgment so we could be in the presence of God Himself. When Jesus was in His most dark hour, God sent angels to strengthen Him to complete the task at hand.
“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Jesus then went on to die a horrible death for our sake, in His last breath giving up His spirit to God and proclaiming His mission on this trip to earth complete.
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A 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. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:28-30 NIV
Jesus came to live in our hearts so we could be made perfect in His eyes. He was the one and only sacrifice that could make that happen.
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
But yet, He’s not quite done yet. He promises to come back one day to take those of us believers back to Heaven with Him if we’re not already there.
The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
In the time between we must trust that God continues to work as His promises say. As hard as things can be at times, He is carrying out His promises, promises that we can trust in for our good.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
The Bible is God’s Word, He sent it out through ancient prophets and disciples to you and me with a desire to accomplish a purpose for it, to read it and try and get a glimpse of His love for us and draw near to Him so we may dwell in His presence for eternity.
We make the choice whether or not to accept His love and Spirit. He doesn’t force us, because that wouldn’t be love. It’s up to us to make that step toward His open arms.