Saturday, December 12, 2020

Ellul: the work is complete

Saturday, December 12, 2020
    When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
    —John 19:30 (NIV)
    Are we to think that God has failed? But the failure of a Christianity that expresses what we have made of revelation does not change at all what God has accomplished. He became incarnate. Jesus Christ, the Son, died (and our sins were pardoned). He is risen (and death, chaos, and the devil are defeated). No matter what may be the mischances of history or the errors and aberrations of the human race, these things endure. What is done is done. Irrespective of what we make of Christianity, God’s work and accomplishment are complete, and they are inscribed in human history.
    ... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), The Subversion of Christianity, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 12 (see the book)
    See also John 19:30; Isa. 53:10; John 4:34; 17:4; Rom. 5:12; 10:4; 16:20; Gal. 4:4-5; Heb. 10:5-10; 1 John 1:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your victory is final.
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