Is It Finished?
Easter is over. The purple velvet fabric and pastel attire is back in the closets. But a question still seems to be lingering for me. Is it finished? As our Pastor of Campus Development, I have the responsibility of making sure our campus pastors are cared for and have everything they need on a weekly basis. For Easter weekend, that meant being at all three of our campuses for Good Friday, then Easter Saturday and Sunday. On Good Friday, I heard two different sermons ask me that question—Is it finished?
With the Easter season now an ever-growing distant memory, I am reflecting. What is it that troubles me most in my Christian walk, and is it finished? Is it finished in those moments when something in my life exposes me and I feel that knee jerk reaction towards shame? Or when I get in over my head in a situation and land in the swamp of fear? In those moments, is the cross a comfort, or am I re-crucifying myself in His place so unnecessarily?
When the enemy is attacking, through these weeks and months after Easter, are you armed with this litmus test question and are you using it? In short, I ask myself: Am I going to the cross to leave my shame and fear or am I still carrying it on my shoulders. Ultimately, is it finished?
Am I going to the cross to leave my shame and fear or am I still carrying it on my shoulders. Ultimately, is it finished?
My hope, this post Easter season is for more than just a three-day nod to what is going on in our hearts as well as the solution. In a season that is all about hope, how was it presumably lost on the first not so good Friday, only to have it all restored on the first and most unexpected Easter morning?
Christianity, and most specifically Easter, is all about living in hope. Are we all willing to leave our dark moments at the cross this year? Are we truly willing to embrace the hope of Easter, not just for the weekend of, but for the rest of the year? Can we all say in May, June, July and beyond, that it is still finished for us? My hope is that we can and we will.