I’ve been pondering the various “grace” movements. The focus is on the idea that “it is finished,” and everyone is okay with God because of what Jesus did.
In my view, this fact is rather self-evident. Humankind has never been separated from God. Jesus said, “I am the truth,” which is God and humankind as one. The life, source, and Spirit of Jesus runs through us all. So far, so good.
And yet, I’m a bit concerned about the “it is finished” mentality, and how it is sometimes applied.
Finished? This world is a frickin mess! Does our current situation seem “finished” to you?
It’s not enough to say that we are all good with God, and can kick back now and wait for Heaven. The reality is that it is NOT finished in a very essential way. The shoe that still has to drop is turning toward the life, source, and Spirit that is within us and lifting it up out of ourselves and into the world. The “finished” part is not what the physical Jesus did 2000 years ago, but what the “Jesus-Spirit” within us must do now.
This is not a time for basking in our divine acceptance, which has always been the case. The part that needs to happen is accessing that heaven dimension within us, and bringing it out into the world. Even if we are successful with the inner anarchy of dethroning the mindsets, beliefs, and ideologies ruling within us, we still are not going anywhere until we lift that Spirit up out of us. We access that dimension in and through our deep feelings. It’s the way we experience the Spirit opening up inside us. This is why I wrote Inner Anarchy. It’s time to take that step together now!
When Jesus said, “It is finished,” he was telling the world that there was nothing more for him to give. The text in John 19 says, “He bowed His head and gave up his spirit.” Gave up his spirit where? To/in us! This was the transition that had to take place – from the physical Jesus to the Jesus-Spirit within us, and us that lifting that Spirit up out of ourselves and into the world.
Yes, it’s true that for Jesus it was “finished,” but for us it’s only just begun.