It is Finished

John 19:30 ‘When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.’

Let us take Hebrews 12:3 as a companion text for this one. ‘For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.’

What was our Lord’s commitment to the work of redemption? It was His whole life’s purpose: (Luke 19:10) ‘For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.’ He spent His life doing this.

The Son of man had no place to rest His head. The beloved disciple John, the son of thunder, was able to lean his head against Jesus’ bosom, but against whose bosom could Jesus lean? The cross was where He finally bowed his head.

His was the work of a Saviour. He had not come to be ministered unto, but to minister and then to give His life. There was no man who could deliver Him, for He was the Deliverer. Consider His commitment to that task! Never did He turn back – not even in the garden. As a king with whom there is no turning from judgment, and against whom there is no rising up, so our Lord arose from His throne, and with deliberate choice turned not as He descended into the dark recesses of the world, and on into servanthood, ridicule, suffering, death, and the grave.

John 17:4 ‘…I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.’ And what an arduous work it was! Contradicted by sinners, dis-esteemed by His own brethren according to the flesh, misunderstood and disbelieved by His own disciples, and eventually deserted by them in the garden. He did always those things that pleased His Father, until crushed like an olive, He glimpsed with His dying eyes the desire accomplished. Reaching out with all His remaining strength He grasped the prize, procuring the sinner’s right to eternal life. In an untold mixture of agony and triumph, He reports the completion of redemption, which His longing eyes now see: ‘It is finished.’

Dear saint, are you weary and faint in the Christian race? Consider the faithfulness of your Captain. Behind you stands the finished work of the cross, procuring all the rights of a beloved son. The Forerunner has gone ahead of us – our elder Brother. ‘It is finished!’ He cries.

Pastor James West

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