April 2015 Newsletter

Drexel Heights Church

~pastor’s pen

Jesus said, “It is finished”! Not almost finished, but it is finished! These are the words that He uttered from the cross. His assignment was complete. What He came to accomplish was over! How many projects have you started and not completed? How many tasks have you left undone? Have you even started your bucket list yet? Jesus was different because, from the beginning, His aim was to please His father. He was on a mission. Nothing distracted him from where the spirit lead. His purpose on earth was to die for you and me. “It is finished” is actually one word in the Greek version of the New Testament. The great nineteenth-century preacher Charles Haddon Surgeon observed that “it would need all the other words that ever were spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain this one word. It is altogether immeasurable. It is high; I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot fathom it.” Phillip Graham Ryken writes, “Jesus was through with his earthly suffering. From beginning to end, Jesus Christ lived a life of suffering. From the moment he left the heavenly palaces of light to the moment darkness descended upon him on the cross, he suffered.” How many times have you read the scriptures this time of the year regarding His suffering? He was verbally mocked and ridiculed by soldiers and criminals, he physically endured the painful Crown of thorns and His Crucifixion. His admission of thirst on the cross always communicates to me how human He was, yet at the same time he was also fully divine. He died in agony to fulfill the plan of His Father. He was forsaken by His Father on the cross. It is over! But all that is finished now, forever behind us. No more thorny crowns or rugged crosses ever again, for He has finished His suffering. Before the Tomb, there was plenty of suffering. That was then, this is now – Jesus conquered suffering and death, and then arose for us! When we touch lives and build meaningful relationships to the Glory of God, we know Jesus finished for us!
Dan Gutierrez

2802 West Mossman Rd Tucson, AZ 85746

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