Day 6 — Jesus: The Alpha & The Omega Pt.2
21 Days of Jesus, A Devotional
by Pastor Michael Gavion
“28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.— John 19:28–30
Have you ever watched a movie that you waited all year long to see?
The plot is awesome. Perfectly timed points of tension. Even to your dismay, it managed to cause you to flinch a few times. You can sense the end coming and you anticipate it anxiously. You are now presented with a less than desirable “To Be Continued” — hinting a part two that won’t be released for another twelve months. How horrible is it of directors to do that to us?
Could you imagine if you read through the Gospels to study the life of Jesus and you see all that He accomplished — the miracles, the crusades, the people’s lives that were drastically transformed, the life lessons He shared with His twelve disciples with instructions to them of how to carry on what He started? Then you arrive at the end and Jesus states “It is almost finished” or even worse “I’ll finish this later.” How uneventful that would be? Could you imagine the disappointment we would feel?
Well, gladly we serve a God who said “It is finished.” (John 19:30 NKJV) Jesus came to the earth on an assignment from the Father, and most importantly, He finished what He started. Not only is our God the “Alpha,” but He is also the “Omega” — the beginning and the end. Often times, we have all of the zeal and passion to start something, but very little fuel left to finish. In our society, far too many suffer as a casualty of the chokehold the cares of life can have on the vision God places in our hearts. We are all familiar with the parable of the sower. (Matthew 13:18–23 NKJV) Jesus came to be a model for us to follow.
Know this — there is an enemy that desires to choke the life out of the dream that God has placed in our hearts. We encounter some difficult roadblocks and setbacks that cause us to reconsider that dream. We then find ourselves settling for a “to be continued.” But that is not what God desires. He commands us to pursue His will above all else, and when we encounter a roadblock, or even a mountain rather, that we should speak to it with faith and it shall be moved. (Matthew 21:21–22 NKJV)
Allow me to reassure you with this, “The Omega” promises that He will finish the work that He began in you. (Phillipians 1:6 NKJV) So be encouraged today. As Jesus modeled it, it is not if difficulty comes but when difficulty comes. Jesus was challenged with obstacles — and so are we.
We are created in His image — to begin a work and to finish it; and we are fully equipped to do it. (2 Peter 1:3)
Stand firm so at the end of your journey, you can take Paul’s declaration as your own: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)
Whatever you are facing today, know that God is going to help you turn what you see as “to be continued” to “it is finished — the end.”
Take Him at His Word and trust that He will do what He said He will do in your life. Not what the world says but what the WORD says.