Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It is Finished by Laura V. Hilton

Laura V. Hilton
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.  So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30

I have just come off a tight deadline, typing “the end” on a manuscript, and sent it to the publisher. But my work is just finished “for now.” I still will have edits from the publisher, and this editor does them not once, but three times, making sure the book is as perfect as us mere humans can possibly make it. I can’t say with any measure of absolute “It is finished.”

Easter was a few days ago. Christians all over the world acknowledged Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Saturday between with an air of expectation, and Sunday when “He is risen.”

Jesus Christ is the only one who can truly say “It is finished.” He did what the Father commanded. Came to Earth, was born as a baby, lived a perfect life even while experiencing the same sorrows, temptations, and pain that us humans do, took the world’s sins on His shoulders, and died an excruciating death on the cross. And then, after three days, He rose again, having victory over sin and death in order that we can spend eternity with Him.

It is finished.

Easter is the most important of Christian holidays because of what God the Father and God the Son did for us.

It’s about the cross.

As the lyrics to a song by that name (sung by Go Fish) say:

It's about the cross
, It's about my sin…

As we move past Easter into the normalness of the rest of the year, let us remember the price He paid for our sins. And to continue to shout from the roof tops, He is risen! Let us live that truth every day of our lives.

It is finished. 

Thank you, Jesus, for loving us enough to go to the cross, to suffer and die for our sins, and to defeat Satan and death by rising again. Help us to live to serve You every day. Amen.

What is one special way you celebrate the death and resurrection of God’s son?

About the Author

Award-winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom, and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also has two adult children.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork DreamsA Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow GlobeThe Postcard, and The Bird House in September 2015.

See below for information on Laura's latest, The Christmas Admirer. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.

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Love by the Numbers

After her fiancĂ© dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her aentie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to the handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her.

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s aentie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak?  

Laura V. Hilton posts the first Tuesday of every month. For more of Laura's posts, click here.