While slogging through commentaries on this fine Saturday evening, I happened upon this gem in Hendriksen’s New Testament Commentary on Matthew:
…the sojourn of Jesus on earth must be viewed not primarily as a series of things that happened to him, but rather as the accomplishment of tasks assigned to him. Other children are born. They are wholly passive at birth. He, too, was born, but he also came. Moreover, he came with a purpose: not to take but to give, to give his soul as a ransom in the place of many, to seek and to save that which was lost.
In the chaos, stress, and exhaustion of the next several weeks, I need to take a few moments to remind myself that Emmanuel came, and that he accomplished the tasks set before him: to ransom, seek, and save us. It is finished.