It Is Finished
God bless you as you prepare to celebrate our Victorious King this week for Easter and remember all that Jesus did for us on the cross. This beautiful painting speaks of what He has accomplished. Be blessed!
- Elizabeth McLellan
It Is Finished by Candice van der Westhuizen
Acrylic on canvas, 16x16", painted during worship
This painting is about Jesus, it's about the blood, it's about His suffering and what He went through for us on the cross, taking our place, dying for our sin, because He chose to, He didn’t have to. He came to redeem and save what was lost. Jesus didn’t come to “fix your life”, He came to give you a NEW ONE, In Him. This is the beauty of the cross, it is absolute surrender, it will cost you everything to follow Him, everything meaning your life, but oh the joy, the peace, the fullness, the wholeness that comes from relationship with Him, walking with Him, following Him! Oh the fruit that comes in ones life! The wine! The adoption into an eternal Kingdom! The Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.”
Michael Brown writes:
The cry, tetelestai, "it is finished," was not the gasp of a worn-out life, but the deliberate utterance of a clear consciousness that His work was finished, and all God's purpose accomplished (17:4), that all had now been done that could be done to make God known to men, and to identify Him with men.
Yes, the divine mission has been accomplished. Jesus has done it! Every sin has been paid for, every evil deed judged, and the full and total price of our redemption purchased at the cross. That is the power of the blood of Jesus. That is the glory of the Son of God. That is the depth of the Father's love — and it was all for you and for me so that forever, we could be with Him and even share in His nature. Who could imagine such a story of love?
It is with good reason that John G. Lake (1870-1935) said, "In all of your preaching and teaching you must always leave people with the consciousness of the triumph of Christ."
Romans 8:15-17 The Message (MSG):
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!
Wisdom from Oswald Chambers:
We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight. (The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed, 669L)
- Candice van der Westhuizen
Artist Candice van der Westhuizen - Heart Art, South Africa
Candice van der Westhuizen creates from a deep place of intimacy in the centre of the heart of Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. She sees her works as “living heart beats” pulsating with life, beauty, colour and light, transporting and releasing these elements and more. There is nothing more fulfilling for her than being obedient to the Holy Spirit when painting something, only for it to have a life changing, profound impact on people. Ninety five percent of her work is created and finished spontaneously during worship, heavily relying on Holy Spirit in this process.