Thursday, April 19, 2007

CQOD: 04/21/07 -- Sheppard: the finished work

Christian Quotation of the Day

April 21, 2007
Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109
    When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
    -- John 19:30 (ESV)

    “It is finished.” It is hard for us to know the intonation with which these words of the dying Christ were spoken. If they came as the sufferer’s sigh of relief, they must also have been the worker’s glad cry of achievement. Everything had been done that could be, man had been offered a sight of God as He really was. For those of us who believe that, in seeing Jesus, we see God, the Cross is not a coarse framework of blood-stained wood, but the most precious emblem of man’s dearest hopes; it is the great pledge which we sorely need, that love is stronger than hate, grace than sin, life than death.
    ... H. R. L. Sheppard (1880-1937), Two Days Before [1924]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your work is always perfected.

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