“IT IS FINISHED”

Scripture Reading:  John 19:28-30

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said,’It is finished,’ and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”  (John 19:30).

As Jesus was dying on the cross, some of His last words were,  “It is finished.”  Throughout His public ministry, Jesus made it clear that He was on a divine mission:  “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me to accomplish His work” (John 4:34).  Jesus was clear about this mission:  “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).

Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah:  “But the Lord God helps Me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame” (Isaiah 50:7).  Surely Luke had this passage in mind when he wrote of Jesus:  “When the days drew newer for Him to be taken up, He set His face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).  There was no turning back.  Our Savior set His face like flint and headed for Jerusalem.  There He was tried, condemned and nailed to a cross.

Now in His final moments before death, Jesus declares:  “It is finished.”  The work He was sent to do was done.  The Sacrifice had been made.  Redemption had been accomplished.  The penalty was paid and therefore there is nothing more to be added to the work Jesus did for His people.  “After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3c).  His being seated at the right hand of the Father was proof that the work had been completed and that the Father had accepted it.  It was then that Jesus began His continued work of intercession on our behalf.

Do you see it?  The ransom has been paid and the penalty has been borne by our Savior. There is no more debt.  We have been redeemed.  “It is finished.”  The blood of Christ redeemed us and now we are at peace with God — fully forgiven, fully justified, and fully righteous in God’s sight!

Lord Jesus, You finished Your work on my behalf.  You made atonement for my sins and paid the penalty I rightly owed.  Now I am fully absolved before God.  Thank you for the work You accomplished on my behalf.

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