A Good Friday Poem: Tetelestai
It is finished.
Three words that I can't comprehend.
The Jesus Storybook Bible says this about Jesus' crucifixion: "God was going to pour into Jesus' heart all the sadness and brokenness in people's hearts."
Last week, I wrote my wife an email (sometimes emails are good for spouses who's spouses run off at the mouth for so long they never quite get to their point...) after having read through Sally Lloyd-Jones' rendition of what Jesus set his face to do.
I told Brandi that it struck me - the weight of my own struggle alone feels like it's going to crush me. But the whole world's pain?
Can you imagine - just put yourself in the place of Jesus - weeping and sweating blood in Gethsemane, knowing what was about to take place in his body? In his heart?
"The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the purpose - the meaning... the controversy about which humans killed Jesus is marginal. He chose to die. His heavenly father ordained it. He embraced it." - Piper
I wrote Tetelestai because I wanted to try to capture some of what welled up in my heart when I read that children's bible. I wrote it because I wanted it to be a resource for others who hoped to put words to the weight of this day that we remember together. I hope it accomplishes that end for you. I hope that it proves helpful for the rest of you who seek to rest on this promise with me: