Theme of the Week: Seven Sayings from the Cross
Saying 6: “It is finished”. John 19:30
Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:8
The sixth saying from the cross is a mix of victory and relief.
Think of a weight-lifter straining and groaning to push the barbell and weights above his head, limbs and joints shaking against the strain, holding just long enough for the judge to nod his approval to indicate the attempt qualifies. And then the release – the weight drops to the floor with a clang.
It leaves no ambiguity or second-guessing. Mic drop.
That. Just. Happened.
Or in other words, “It is finished.”
Over and over, Jesus said He was here to do His Father’s will. He lived an entire life without sin to bring about salvation for the world and satisfy the righteous demands of a Holy God, fulfilling prophecy and achieving victory over death and the devil.
“The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8)
Do you know what this moment meant? The most important rescue mission of all time was a success!
Throughout Jesus’ ministry, there was an anointing, a righteous confidence, but there still existed a tension. We see it in the Garden of Gethsemane; the end game was going to be costly.
All of heaven and hell watched breathlessly.
Thousands of years of promises and prophecies – the past, present and future were on the line on a single unthinkable, seemingly impossible mission.
Imagine the dispatch coming through in Heaven: “Confirmed. Mission successful.”
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