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Seven Last Sayings Series: 6th Saying

It is finished

 

Our Lord gazed upon the cross. He foretold His death to His apostles. His life on earth was brought about by His obedience to the will of the Father. He did not once stray or move away from the plan of salvation. But He did everything that needed to be accomplished in order to free man from the power of sin. Thus He cried on the cross, “It is done!”

Golgotha, on that dark afternoon was filled with scorning and cursing. The people then did not realize that their salvation was being accomplished that very moment. Christ did not come to earth to miraculously step down from the cross and save Himself, so that the people may believe. Instead He was hung on the cross and died. That is why His cry was not of hopelessness or defeat – it was a cry of victory. His death on the cross was His victory.

All the prophesies about the Messiah came true with Jesus Christ. His arrival came at the right time. He was born of a virgin in Bethlehem. The journey to Egypt. The miraculous healings. Up to His death on the cross of Calvary. Every prophesy came true. Christ was obedient even until His death.

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

– Philippians 2:8

The Jews did not understand why He had to take the lowly form of a man. They were not expecting the simple son of a carpenter to be their Messiah. They were waiting for a political or a military Messiah who was going to free them from Roman rule. That was why there was one time when the people wanted to make Him king – but Christ escaped from them. There were also those who followed Him because He gave them bread. Some came to Him because of the miracles He made. Yet, in spite of this they had Him executed, because they did not understand the Scriptures. Their ignorance led them to kill their Savior. Instead of receiving their Messiah, they rejected Him.

“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”

– John 1:11

 

Jesus Christ knew what was going to happen and what He had to do. Jesus’ mission did not end with just giving bread, performing miracles, and healing the sick. His main mission was the salvation of souls and assuring the believers of everlasting life. This is the greatness of God’s love for us.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

– John 3:16

God gave His Son, so that the holy blood of Christ might be shed for the sins of the world. Because only with the shedding of blood will the sins be forgiven. But the blood of animal sacrifices could not remove the sins of man (Hebrews 10:4). That is why Christ became the Lamb of God, so that His blood will wash away the transgressions of the sinners. God’s promise that He will send a Savior is fulfilled.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

– John 1:29

Christ finished the sacrifices for our sins.  We receive the salvation of our souls not because of our good works but because Christ already finished and satisfied the requirements for our salvation. His sacrifice is once and for all. That is why that the words, “It is finished!” can also mean “It is completed.” He has fulfilled all the requirements for the salvation of our souls when He died on the cross.

“Having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.”

– Colossians 2:14

Christ finished and perfected our faith. And because Christ has accomplished and paid for our salvation all that is left for us to do is to have faith, to believe and recognize what Jesus Christ did for us. We do not need to add or copy what Jesus Christ, because no one can copy or add to what Christ did. What Jesus wants us to do is accept the salvation that God offers through Christ.

Bishop Art Ferriol
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