It’s 30 minutes to deadline for this article, and I have gotten so sidetracked that I will not be finished in time with what I hoped to write. You see, I got into a topic and started browsing through my Bible, looking for more examples.
I love it when that kind of sidetracking happens — the Holy Spirit leading me to verses and God speaking to me as I go. Unfortunately, the topic I have been researching is way too much for this column. But how I love it when I hunger and thirst for more, and He gives it to me.
I’ll give you a small glimpse and perhaps you’ll want to discover more for yourself. This is hard for me to do because I love when something is truly “finished.” My to-do lists seem to be never-ending, though, and I always seem to get to the end of a day with many things still unchecked.
Sometimes I will add a few items to the list at the end of the day — things I did that were not part of the original plan, but I can check them off and feel a sense of accomplishment.
I’m so glad God doesn’t leave any items unchecked or add a few things just to feel better at the end of the day. His ways are perfect.
I recently learned that there are three times in the Bible when something is “finished” or “done” in a big way.
The first mention of something being finished was after creation. Genesis 2:2 says, “By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all his work.”
God could have made all of creation more quickly, so why did He take longer to finish it?
Maybe He was showing us that things take time and there is a process involved in making new things ... or making things new.
That brings me to the third mention of something being “finished” and it ties in with making things new (don’t worry, I’ll get back to the second). Revelation 21:5 says, “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (Some translations might say, “I make all things new.”
Either way, it’s present tense, not past. And He’s not making NEW things, but rather transforming something old to make it new.)
Now on to Revelation 21:6: “He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.’” Did you see that? IT IS DONE!
OK, there is actually another mention in Revelation 16:17 of, “It is done!” when the final bowl of God’s wrath is poured out. I don’t have time to look into that here because I want to get to the second mention of “It is finished” in the Bible. Jesus spoke these words as He hung on the cross.
According to John 19:20, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
What was the “it” that was finished? It wasn’t that Jesus’ life was over, because He rose from the dead and lives again! I have to think that “It” was the work God gave Him to do on earth.
What was that work? Oh, if I had more time to get into this! I’ll give just a couple of mentions. One is Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” The next is 1 Corinthians 15:3, “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.”
I also want to mention John 4:13-14 where Jesus was talking to a woman who had come to draw water from a well and He said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Now I really want to look back at Jesus’ mention of the water of life from Revelation. Do you see how sidetracked I get, yet it all ties together — the water, the “it is done” and “it is finished.”
Wish I had time for more, but I need to “finish” packing and catch a plane!
• Lisa Jisa and her family have been residents of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2000. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.