At noon we gathered as a church and listened to the readings on Christ's crucifixion and death. The words "It is finished" can sound dark and final. But before we sink into the darkness of despair, hear Hauerwas proclaim; "'It is finished is not a death gurgle. 'It is finished 'is not 'I'm done for.''It is finished' will not be, as we know from the tradition of the ordering of these words that last words of Jesus. 'It is finished' is a cry of victory.'It is finished' is the triumphant cry that what I came to do has been done. All is accomplished, completed, fulfilled work." (p83-84)..."God has finished only what God could finish. Christ's sacrifice is a gift that exceeds every debt. Our sins have been consumed, making it possible lives that flow with the beauty of God's Spirit. What wonderful news: 'It is finished." But it is not over." (p90)
Thanks be to God for doing only what God could do to renew and redeem us. Thanks be to God!
Grace and Peace, Tom