Jesus’ Work Is Done
By Dr. Dan Wuori
Who is Jesus?
We all know that Jesus is the son of God – and so for us, that’s an easy question to answer. The Bible tells us the story of his life – right from the very beginning.
But during Jesus’ life not everyone was so sure. People didn’t learn about Jesus in Sunday School or read about him in Bible stories – because the stories we know today were just happening. At that time, Jesus was a real man, who lived right there among them.
And just like other men, Jesus had a life. At Christmas, we celebrate the day Jesus was born – but today we remember the day Jesus died.
It’s a sad story – but such an important one for us. And if you listen carefully to today’s Gospel story, you’ll hear that Jesus knew it was time for him to return to Heaven. His whole life was a part of God’s special plan. And so when it came time for his life to end, he wasn’t afraid. He told his disciples it was time for him to go and he went right along with it – knowing that God was waiting for him in heaven.
Over the past few weeks we’ve read about the ways that Jesus helped the people he met to understand who he was. He didn’t just tell them he was the son of God, he tried to show them. He helped a blind man to see. He helped his friend Lazarus return from the dead – and both times he explained that it was all part of God’s plan.
So did the people figure it out? Did they ever come to understand who Jesus really was?
Today, if you listen carefully, you’ll find out that they did. At the moment Jesus dies, the Bible tells us that the earth shook and even rocks were split! And when the guards who were nearby saw this do you know what they said?
They said, “Truly, this man was God’s son!” Jesus’ had done all that he had come to do – and it is because of his amazing life that we are here today, still remembering the time that God sent his only son to be with us in the world.
Will you pray with me?
Thank you for sending your son Jesus to Earth. Please watch over us during the coming week and help us to live lives of caring and love, just like he did.
Copyright 2008, Dan Wuori. Used by permission.