One of my favorite messages is “It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming” by Tony Compollo. Tony talks about the pain of Crucifixion Friday and encourages people to hold on because Resurrection Sunday is coming. It is a life-giving message that affirms our brokenness, our pain, and yet God’s redemptive acts that bring us wholeness and life.
But the more I ponder and study Scripture and the movement of God’s Spirit, the more I am content to rest with Crucifixion Friday. To let it be. I don’t feel the need to rush to Resurrection Sunday. Don’t get me wrong!
Something complete happened on Friday when Jesus allowed himself to be placed on the Cross. Jesus said, “It is finished.”
“It” is such a tiny word but contains the whole of human history. Think of each person’s brokenness: the lies, betrayals, anger, pride, jealousy, bitterness, gossip, seduction as well as all the things we are supposed to do as God’s Children and don’t: being kind, sincere, worshipful, sharing, trusting, and such. Think of your complicity in the sins of a church, community, nation, and world—you may not want to take personal responsibility (like some in Israel did) but God holds people groups responsible, too. Think of the pain you’ve experienced because of other people’s sins against you. It.
“Finished.” I don’t add the English “is” because the Greek uses a prepositional phrase with finished. Basically, what was churning along is now stopped…what was owed is now paid…what had claim is now baseless. Completed. Fulfilled. Ended. Is finished.
We often talk about how ironic and pathetic it is when the crowds that cheered Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem now jeer him at his trial and execution. What was the word they cried on Palm Sunday? “Hosanna!” What does that mean? “Save Us!” “Rescue Us!” On the Cross, he did.
Yes, Sunday’s coming and an important part of salvation, too. But, Friday is complete in itself. Tonight, Jesus finished his work because he loved us so very much. Tonight, there is no shame or regret…it is finished. We don’t have a lot of “catch up” to do in order to please God…it is finished. We don’t have to be saved or rescued again and again…it is finished. Do you believe that? Do you believe that in Jesus “It is Finished”? Amen. Amen. Truly it is so. Let us be a people who joyfully celebrate what Jesus has done by the Father’s Will!