as i’ve been reflecting on good friday and these three words that jesus uttered on the cross: “it is finished,” i can’t help but also remember the three words that god spoke over creation in genesis 1, that “it was good.”
it is finished. it was good.
it was good. it is finished.
these two sets of words both ring with a timbre of fullness and completion in the moment – fullness in the beauty of seeing creation made flesh out of nothing/darkness (it was good), and completion in the culminating “yes” in christ’s death for humanity’s redemption (it is finished). somehow these words seem so inextricably bound to one another and perhaps even interchangeable…
while these words do suggest fullness and completion in the moment they were uttered, we cannot forget that there is also the possibility of hope and promise heard in its echo. in reflecting upon the darkest hours of christ’s death and in his words “it is finished,” the reverberation harkens back to creation as we remember that it was in chaos and total darkness that the spirit hovered over the depths of the seas and god said “let there be light!”
our hope is found in the promise that god speaks “let there be light” in those seemingly dark, dead, and chaotic spaces of our lives. our hope is found in witnessing the power of the spirit continually hovering over and healing the deep wells of our tears. and our hope is found in knowing that in christ’s “yes” we are offered the gift and hope of new life.
from chaos and darkness to good friday, from the spirit hovering over the depths to holy saturday, from creation to resurrection sunday, we remember a god who never fails and remains faithful… in god’s creating and proclaiming of all that was good, god is also faithful to complete it.
it is finished.