When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 18:30
Over the past few months, my world has completely changed. Now for most people, change can be completely terrifying (I would be lying to say I wasn’t terrified); but because of the LOVE I have found in Jesus Christ and the LOVE he has for me–I am not afraid. The peace that surpasses all understanding has been so graciously given, so there is nothing left to fear in the midst of all the change.
What exactly changed?
Everything–that’s the easiest answer; from where I live to the things I’m involved in to the people I hang out with. Literally everything has changed, BUT God. He has stayed the same (Malachi 3:6).
The thing that I’m figuring out each day is that when I start to see God for everything He is, things may change in my life (like the things above), but the changes are supposed to change me. Do you see the change of perspective I’ve had? Initially, I had this mindset that is a little selfish. The changes that were happening to me effected my schedule, my social life, my church life, etc. However, the more I press into God and see who He is, I’m beginning to realize I need these changes to really become more like the Christ and less about my schedule, my social life, and even my church life.
In essence, God is teaching me to be still. I’ve lived my whole life trying be the best. I want to be the best at serving God. I want to be the best teacher. I want to be the best Small Group Leader. I want to be the best at everything. Not that those things are bad, but I was beginning to make those things my identity. I felt like I had to DO things to be right with the God.
BUT, that’s not the GOSPEL.
What is the GOSPEL?
The GOSPEL is simply recognizing that God created us. We failed at doing things He asked and could never do anything to be right with Him. Then, He sent His Son to do life perfectly only to die for everyone, so the people who believe in Him could have eternal life with God.
I’ve been a believer now for many years and have spent my whole life in a church, but some where along the way I started to believe a lie. I believed that I needed to DO things in order to gain love and acceptance from God. Through all these changes in my life, I’m only beginning to understand that everything is done. There’s nothing left to do. Christ did it all.
John 18:30 is listed above, and it’s become one of the most powerful verses right now in my life. Christ literally says, “It is finished.” In the Ancient Greek it’s translated as Tetelestai or τετελεσται.
When I think about the word finish, one of the first synonyms that pop into my mind is done. Often times, done or finish is used when the action (or the doing) is completed. For example, when you bake cookies, the oven is doing (or baking) the cookies and when the timer goes off, you know the cookies are done or finished. In the same way, Christ lived this perfect, sinless life and died on the cross for our sins. Just like the timer went off for us to know the cookies were “done” baking; the timer went off for us to know Christ has “done” or “finished” the work we were never capable of doing on our own to gain that love and acceptance from God.
It’s DONE! Everything is finished. I’m telling myself everyday to STOP doing and just BE. Be still and know that He is good (Psalm 46:10).
So in the midst of all this change that’s happening, my perspective has changed. I’ve started to see that I don’t have to do anything because Christ has already been the best small group leader, the best teacher, and literally the best at everything else. He’s already lived the perfect life for me, so I don’t have to do it, BUT I can live “An It is FinishedLife” or “A Tetelestai Life”