"When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
When you’ve finished a project, a feeling of accomplishment and triumph follows. Doesn’t it feel great to cross a job off your list, to conclude a long assignment at work, or to put the final touches on something you’ve made?
When Jesus declared, “It is finished,” His words held finality and certainty beyond what we will ever know. He had done what He came to do. He had submitted to being born a baby, growing up in a human family, being filled with the Holy Spirit, preaching God’s Word, teaching His disciples and dying on the cross. Finally, His earthly ministry and the physical suffering were over.
God,in the form of a sinless man, died to pay the penalty for our sins: past, present and future. Our debt was paid in full. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can be forgiven and spend eternity with Him. Other religions offer men ways to work themselves up to God. Only Christianity offers a Savior who came down to us. Other religions tell what man must DO, but in Christianity, it’s already been DONE.
JESUS PAID IT ALL,/ ALL TO HIM I OWE;/ SIN HAD LEFT A CRIMSON STAIN,/ HE WASHED IT WHITE AS SNOW.
(ELVINA M. HALL, 1865)
Bible In A Year
- Joshua 3-4
- Psalm 98
- Acts 22