WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main .htm
Getting to know God together.
It is great to get things finished! When I bake cakes and biscuits I guess I like the finishing part best. I like icing them! I make a nice and easy chocolate slice that I can just pat down into an oblong tray, then I cook it in a hot oven. When it is cooked and cools, I pour chocolate icing on it and sprinkle it with coconut. YUMM!
That slice doesn’t take long to finish, it is a small job. Building a house can take a long time. The frame work goes up, the floor goes in, the walls and lining are put inside. When the builder is getting near to the finish be puts in the “fittings.” That’s things like the kitchen sink, the cupboards, the bath and basin and the light shades. Later carpet and tile people come in and lay them down - and then the house is finished!
Finishing painting a picture can be quite thrilling. We might paint away, putting in this layer of paint and then doing this or that section. We step back and see how it is going, is it turning out right? When we get to finish the painting we put in just those finishing touches that make all the difference - the highlights. Shading on a tree, or a tiny white shine in a person’s eye, or perhaps a shadow that makes an apple look round, and then a shiny white spot near the top. All those finishing touches make the painting come alive. Finally we can say, “It is finished!” Do you paint pictures? I do.
Our beloved Jesus Christ came into our world with a special job from God the Father. It was the most difficult job that anyone has ever had to do - to take away sin. God made our beautiful earth, but people spoiled the earth with sin. Adam and Eve were the first people who sinned against their Creator. But God sent His own Son to the world to do the job of “re-con-ciling” the people on the earth to Himself. Jesus was that Son of God, and His job was a mighty big one. He had to live a life without any sin at all, He did this because we couldn’t . He did this as though we ourselves had lived a perfect life. Then He showed the world what God’s love is all about by loving, and healing and raising the dead. But He never said, “it is finished” after doing those things, wonderful as they were. He hadn’t finished His work yet.
Jesus Christ was finally taken to the Cross, where he was nailed. He went there willingly to die for all people on the earth. He took the punishment that should have been ours because we had sinned against God. Jesus had a massive work to do, He bore away the Sin of the whole world in His Body on that Cross. Jesus finally said about His work on earth, “It is Finished!” Then He died, and the work He had came to earth to do was completed. You can read about that “it is finished” in John 19:30. Have a look and read the verses before it, 23-30. “ When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost [ His soul left His Body ].”
When something is finished we must then enjoy it. You have to eat piece of the cake Mum made; or hang a finished painting on the wall for all to see; or go and live in the nice new house. Jesus’ work on the Cross has been finished, now you and I must enjoy His work. We must accept Him as our Saviour. Are you sure you have done this?
“Thank You, Lord Jesus, for coming to die for my sin on the Cross. I do believe that You took my punishment for my wrong doing. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done, and I want You to be my Saviour too. I want to trust You to take me to heaven one day. Come into my life and be my Lord and Friend forever. I want to obey You and live for God always. Amen.”
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