Thursday, October 29, 2015


Finished is a great word. It means something is complete. It is no longer hanging over your head undone or just partly done. When you are finished with a project there is a sense of relief and a feeling of satisfaction for the accomplishment. I like the word finished.

John and I finished a job this weekend that has been a burden on the mental "to do" list all summer and fall. Our grandson Calvin actually started the project for us early in the summer as a way to give him something to do when he came to the farm. He tore off all the old railings and floor boards from our badly weathered deck. He made quick work of the destruction phase, completing that midsummer, while we still had weekends filled with sheep shows and fairs ahead.

Finally in early September we purchased all the new materials for the floor and railings and unloaded a trailer full of boards, spindles, railings, screws and brackets. Using only the open weekends we began the process of recreating a deck. The floor was completed first, then the trim around the base was added. Next came the 10 posts for the railings and finally the eight sections of railings were built and installed. Then the deck was finished.

"Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty'...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 must have been encumbered by all that was ahead of him. It was such a heavy weight to bear; the burdens of the world were his to redeem. Yet he chose to satisfy our sinful debt with his own life. What a blessing that we don't have to be burdened by our past mistakes. We are free and forgiven.
It is finished.

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