Jesus' death on the cross ended a season of history. With his death, a major part of God's plan to redeem his creation was complete. As we reflect on the idea of completion, we gain new perspective into how God works to bring to completion all of his purposes. We are not left with unfinished efforts by God. This allows us to rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Christ completed everything that was necessary to redeem his people. This finality comforts us and reminds us of our own need for God instead of striving to complete everything ourselves.
In this series, we will explore the seven statements Jesus made while on the cross, just before his death. These words have been a traditional reflection for Christians during the season of lent for thousands of years. In them, we see the whole message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Through the ideas of forgiveness, eternity, provision, despair, thirst, completion, and trust we see how Jesus' death becomes the turning point for all of God's plan of redemption. The mysteries expressed in Jesus' words are too deep to fully understand, but by reflecting on them, we can enter more fully into the central point of our faith: the death of Jesus the God-man on the cross.