We all look for purpose in life! We make plans, hold jobs and positions, work and strive to accomplish that purpose. Many times, our purpose and plans in life take time to accomplish. We work jobs that we know are temporary just to get us to the next stage. Sometimes we fail in our efforts or get sidetracked because of unexpected surprises of life. We go to college, technical school, gain job experience, attend classes, acquire knowledge through training, all to fulfil the goals and purposes we have set for ourselves.
Have you ever thought about the goals and purposes of Jesus? Many see His arrest, various trials and ultimate death as failure and personal defeat. However, truth is, these were not failures. They did not sidetrack Jesus from His purpose, nor catch Him by surprise. It was not failure of God's plan or victory for the enemy. Paul David Tripp writes, "The death of Jesus on the bloody Cross was a personal victory and a public vindication of the complete success of God's plan. From His first breath, the plan was that Jesus would enter this broken world, suffer its brokenness, life a completely perfect life in every way, then die on that cross."
We know His purpose was fully completed, because the death of Jesus completed His redemptive job description given in Isaiah 53. Here it is:
* Despised and rejected
* A life of sorrow and grief
* Bear our griefs and carry our sorrows
* Stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God
* Pierced for our transgressions
* Bruised for our iniquities
* Take our Chastisement
* Wounded for our spiritual healing
* Carry our iniquity
* Be oppressed without defending Himself
* Endure oppression and judgment
* Be cut off
* Have a grave with the wicked
* Experience anguish of soul
* Pour out His soul to death
* Numbered with transgressors
So, with that job description, Jesus' death on the cross was job completed! Mission accomplished! Purpose fulfilled! It is Finished! His victory won! Our redemption paid!
This Easter, meditate on al that Jesus accomplished and fulfilled for you! What a Savior! What Amazing Grace!