It is finished

John 19:16-30
Good Friday
April 3, 2015

When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said “It is finished.”  Bowing his head, he gave up his life.  John 19:30

It is finished.

How do you hear these words?  Is it spoken in sorrow?  In anguish?  In relief of the torture being over?

On this dark day we remember the death of Christ and I caution against running too quickly to the empty tomb.  For today we remember, on the eve of the Sabbath, that Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus took his body down, and followed the Jewish burial customs by wrapping his body in spices and in a linen cloth and laying him in a tomb.  

Jesus died on Good Friday and left his followers to wait in the darkness and fear of what might happen to them and how they were to move forward now that he was gone. For three days the disciples are in the dark.   Pondering what it meant that it was finished.

Blessing:  May you know that God is present with you in the darkness of this day.  Amen.


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