It Is Finished
“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
The verb translated “finished” also appears in verse 28 of this same chapter in declaring, “After this, Jesus knowing that all was now finished…” The word literally means “accomplished”, “completed”, or “coming to an end”. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross completed His task for entering into the world which was to “…seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). At that moment the atoning work of Christ accomplished the full payment for our sins. Having completed His task, Jesus gave up his spirit. He voluntarily submitted to death (Phil. 2:8). This is important…Jesus did not submit to death until He was ready. Death did not take Him or overpower Him. He controlled the timing of His death so that death would not come before all was finished.
- Gracious Lord, You are the Sovereign Master over death. In You is the reign of life for anyone who will call out to You for salvation. Renew my trust in Your power and love and give me a burden for my neighbors.