The Greatest Ending
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1–2, NASB)
As an author, there is no better feeling than to get to the end of a book and write “The End.” I often sit back, thread my fingers behind my neck and breathe a sigh of relief. It is done.
Of course, “done” is a relative term. There is editing to do. Most of the time there is rewriting. There is talk of cover design and page layout. The “done” when I type “The End” is more like a “done-for-now.”
Thankfully, Jesus’ “done” had more finality. “It is finished…” (John 19:30, NASB); “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit” (Luke 23:45, NASB).
Jesus’ story continued on, of course. We know of the resurrection, of Jesus’ remaining days on earth and His ascent to heaven. Those who walk on earth today are part of His story even two thousand years later. Still, Jesus finished a chapter of life on earth we’ll never return to again. The price for sin was paid. We can look back to that moment and accept it for ourselves.
Unlike the books I write, Jesus authored the plan and finished it through. Because of His Finish we can look forward to a life with Christ that never ends, and that’s the best conclusion I can imagine!
FAITH STEP: Have you thanked Jesus recently for His death and sacrifice? Take time to do that now. Also, thank God for writing you into His story. And thank Him that your end on earth is only the beginning in heaven with Him.
Written by Tricia Goyer