Heb. 12:2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I was recently thinking about a lot of loose ends I see in this tapestry of life I have experienced in Christ. I have been privileged to see some amazing things in my 42 year long journey in Christ (since my conversion). I have seen two major waves of revival and their ramifications first hand all over the world. I have been part of an amazing church in New Orleans for the last 36 years. I have seen thousands of souls come to Christ, baptized in the Spirit and go on to become productive members of the body of Christ. I have also seen some unpleasant train wrecks. The Christian life can be amazing and quite disappointing at the same time. Recently I felt the Lord impress on my heart that I would begin to see some loose ends come together in the near future. I felt strongly the word completion or fulfillment. Here is the definition of finisher from today’s verse in Louw and Nida’s word book.
“one who makes possible the successful completion of something — ‘one who completes, perfecter.’‘looking to Jesus, the one who initiates and completes faith’ or ‘looking to Jesus on whom (our) faith depends from beginning to end’.”
The Lord began and continues a supernatural work in all of our lives. Staying with Him to the end is a tricky business. Here are some thoughts from the UBS Bible Commentary on today’s verse.
“As perfecter of faith, he brings it to its intended goal. Thus, whether one talks about faith as a possibility or as the experience of fulfillment, all depends upon Jesus. For this reason, Christians must keep looking away from this world to him. He is not only the basis, means, and fulfillment of faith, but in his life he also exemplifies the same principle of faith that we saw in the paragons of chapter 11. Thus, by faith he counted upon the reality of future joy and, assessing present circumstances in light of the glorious future, he endured the cross, scorning its shame. He died as a despised criminal. And that future joy is already his in a preliminary way, for he sat down at God’s right hand.”
So I have my eyes on the Lord and His work. He is the Finisher, Completer, and Perfecter. If He has saved the best for last in all of His works, some amazing days are just on the horizon.