Oddly enough, last night clarity came to my wife and me on two different fronts. One was our Church — I wont go into the details on this.
The other was clarity came to ending a lifelong friendship after a lot of discussion and prayer with me and my wife (friends completely NOT related in any way to our Church situation).
As I was in the shower this morning the clarity continued to reveal itself to me. The only thing that comes to mind was this verse:
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.
19Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read:|sc JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. 21The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, “Do not write ‘The King of the Jews,’ but that this man claimed to be king of the Jews.”
22Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
23When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24“Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,
“They divided my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.”[a] So this is what the soldiers did.
25Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,” 27and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
The Death of Jesus
28Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29A 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. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Lets not doubt the words of Jesus Christ when he said “It is finished”.
As I pondered some of the information in 2 e-mails from our friends, I realized one thing. Our past sins want to continue to re-build the same house from where it came from. Jesus said it is finished but yet we doubt those words!!!!!!!!!!! Do not rebuild; rather reboot with a new DNA — the DNA that shows itself to us on the Cross. Jesus, death on the cross was effectively an opportunity to reboot. This reboot process allows us freedom from the traps of our past sins and insecurities. However, we doubt his words.
The old “sin DNA” inside all of us that doubts the words “It is finished” is the worst DNA of all!!!!! Lets transform this sin DNA into the DNA of Jesus Christ
Today, I am sad about losing a lifelong friend and the spouse he married but glad to to hear the words of Jesus Christ speak to me so clearly.
What a great Joy I have in those words. Praise God, It is finished!!!!