’Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, ‘It is finished!’ Then he bowed his head and released his spirit. (John 19:28-30)
One of the reasons it is essential to spend as much time as possible in the Bible and in prayer is to develop a keen sensitivity to the Spirit of God. To develop the ability to distinguish his voice from the many other voices at large clamoring, competing, and attempting to distract us from God’s voice. God is sovereign, providential, and has purpose in his every action. For all things living on earth there is a beginning and an ending. Humanity is the highest in his created order, and for each in humanity he has a designated a plan.
Jesus knew his mission well and how it was to unfold on this earth. It was one of great difficulty and would have been easier for him to abort, but he endured completing his mission. He decided when the mission and his earth life were finished. It was not his accusers, the Romans, or any other source. Jesus selected the moment and then declared, “It is finished.”
His children are in his care, we are in an unstoppable divine plan and his story for our lives. Let him decide the chapter changes, conclusions, and allow him to write the epilogue. His is the perfect story for us.
Your design, your way, your provision, and for your glory. Amen.
“Give us today the food we need.”