So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit (John 19:30 NKJV).
People often pay close attention to the last words of their beloved who are dying; because, it is believed those words are very important. We all have our individual secrets about some private issues in our lives. At the point where one sees death closing on him or her, this individual have no choice but, to give out vital information either about their investments or any other necessary information they want to pass on.
In his last moment on earth, as Jesus was hanging on the cross, he spoke seven important words. Among them was “It is finished!” These words come from the Greek word “tetelestai” which is an accounting term meaning “paid in full.” i
For Jesus to cry out “it is finished,” he was telling both God and all Creation that, the redemptive work of man has been completed. Ever since the Fall of man in the Garden of Eden, sin separated him (man) from God; which brought a chasm between both of them. God therefore was looking for a perfect individual (one without sin) to atone for man’s sin. However, this was impossible; because, the Bible says;
“There is none righteous, no, not one;
11 There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
13 “Their throat is an open [a]tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit”;
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10b-18).
In Romans 3:23, we read; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
These passages testify to the fact that, no human being was qualified to save mankind from sin. God therefore saw the need to send his own Son Jesus to this world to come and die for our salvation. Paul summarizes this gracious act of God as follows; 6 For when we were still without strength, [a]in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).
John writes; For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). We see the apex of God’s love for mankind through the death of Jesus. His death was a perfect act that pleased God as man’s sin was atoned for by the precious blood of his Son Jesus.
Knowing that this mission has been accomplished, Jesus’ cried; “It is finished” to confirm that, he’s accomplished the mission the Father gave him. Saints it is equally important for us to remember that, through his death, Jesus did not only pay the price for our spiritual needs, but all the other needs whether, physical, emotional or financial.
As always, let’s continue to hold each other’s hand and pray for ourselves as the coming of Jesus draws closer. Please, do send this study to your contacts as well.
Dr. Charles Mantey
Disiciples Revival Church
i n.d. What did Jesus mean when he said, “it is finished”? Retrieved from Got Question.org on 12, 2018
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