Lent – Day 38 – The Finisher
“…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.” Hebrews 12:2
The Greek word teleiwth\n (teh–leh–oh–teyn) = perfecter, finisher, is a form of the same word Jesus used when He cried out from the cross “Tetelestai,” “It Is Finished!”
Jesus authored our salvation by His coming to earth as a man, living and proclaiming the Gospel of salvation, then He finished the work by dying to pay the debt for our sin, to redeem us back to God the Father. He is also, by the fullness of His Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in us, the author and finisher of our faith. He authored our faith when He said, if you have seen me you have seen the Father, “I and my Father are One.” [John 10:30] At another time He told the disciples, “Have faith in God.” [Mark 11:22] Faith in God is the starting point of our faith.
Our faith is completed, is finished in doing the will of our Father, God and will be fully completed when we are absent from our mortal bodies and present with the Lord or when Jesus returns in power and great glory. In both things Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the author and finisher.
There is an even more perfecting sense of the word, teleiwth\n. It is the idea of the Perfecter, the One who takes the competed work from its rough-hewn form and brings it to glorious beauty and refinement of luster and ornament.
Imagine a 9’ Steinway Grand piano in its rough unfinished form. All the functional parts are there the soundboard, the strings, the keys, the pedals, the lid, and so on. But it looks dull and utilitarian. Though still beautiful in it’s architecture it lacks the splendor of it’s intended purpose, to be played in great concert halls, Cathedrals and grand houses of distinction.
But when the finisher completes his work adding the veneers and polishing it to a high luster it becomes an instrument worthy of its name, a Grand Piano.
So it is with our lives of faith. When the Finisher has completed His work we will be appropriately dressed in His glory and made worthy to stand in the House of the Most High God and honor Him before His exalted throne, not as servants and strangers, not as aliens and foreigners but as the reborn-transformed-into-the-image-of-Christ sons and daughters of God, the Almighty, High and Exalted above all, Creator and sustainer of the Universe.