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
Lately I seem to be having moments where I feel both empty and full. Words that draw opposite meanings, but in the spiritual life, they simply are not. In fact, in the spiritual life, these words are used to invite us into a deeper understanding of who God is.
We must become empty in order to fill our lives in the fullness of life from God.
When I think of Jesus on the cross, these two words are used to describe the experience. At the time that Jesus declares, "It is finished," we experience both the emptiness and complete fullness of Jesus.
In many ways, Jesus is declaring, "It is fulfilled!"
I am reminded that Jesus was lifted up on the cross, and was also lifted into the resurrection.
Jesus had emptied himself in the lowliness of the manger, and was filled in his raising up from the dead.
Each day we continue to be asked to empty ourselves and to be filled over and over again.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.