Apr6SunApril 6, 2014
It is finished” John 19:30
“Forever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalms 119:89
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isa 55:11
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us….” John 1:1, 14
These are just a few scriptures that come to mind when I ponder over what Jesus was saying upon the Cross, “It is finished”. The work that was given Him by the Father had now been completed: reveal the Father; proclaim the Gospel; demonstrate His power; fulfil the law; the warfare now ended; the battle now won; It is finished. He completed His assignment as agreed upon.
Jesus fulfilled His mission, completed His assignment, and went back to glory.
The question that remains is, “Will we complete ours?” As the Church we must live for something greater than ourselves. To do that requires something or someone to do for us what we could not do for ourselves and was absolutely necessary for our wellbeing. If I asked you to give me $100,000 to purchase some land you’d probably look at me like I’m crazy or have to think/pray/fast twice about it. But if I was a doctor and informed you that you have a rare disease and the procedure to cure you costs $100,000 you’d do everything in your power to get that money. Why? Your life is more important to you than that land is for God.
The Cross is about Jesus doing for us what we could not do for ourselves. It cost Jesus everything to redeem us (see Phi 2:5-9 Amp). We had been diagnosed with an incurable communicative disease (sin) that we had no way of getting freed from until Jesus stepped in. Plain and simple, Jesus did not consider what He would go through but considered us and said “they’re worth it”. He died for us that we might live. We were on death row for eternity. We now have life abundantly. Since He died for us, we should in return live for Him. The Cross is the something; Jesus is the Someone; living the crucified life is about living a life greater than ourselves. And when it’s over we too can say, “It is finished”.