It Is Finished

Observations: While on the cross Jesus says he is thirsty and so they put some sour wine in a sponge and lift it up to his lips on a branch for him to drink. As soon as he had the drink Jesus says ‘It is finished,’ and he dies. That little phrase, ‘it is finished,’ is one of the most significant in Scripture. By it Jesus means more than ‘my suffering is finished,’ or ‘my life is finished,’ rather he means that ‘my task is finished,’ or ‘the act of redemption is finished.’ All through John Jesus has spoken about completing the work for which God had sent him into the world (see 4:34; 5:17; 6:30,51; 17:4), and now on the cross that work is completed. The fact that Jesus ‘bowed his head,’ is significant that it shows that this was an eye-witness account. In fact, most scholars believe that ‘the disciple Jesus loved, (v26)’ is none other than the Apostle John. But it’s significant that Jesus ‘gave up his spirit.’ Earlier, Jesus had said ‘No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. (10:18)’ Jesus died knowing that he would rise again. Jesus gave up his spirit, knowing that God would give it back. In Luke’s account Jesus says to God ‘into your hands I commit my spirit. (Lk 23:46)’


Application: Do you believe that Jesus has completed the work of salvation on the cross? If you do, it means that there is nothing left for you to do, except believe in his completed work. The work of salvation has been finished, it doesn’t require your help, or your efforts, it just requires your trust. Paul says, ‘You are saved by grace through faith, not by works. (Eph 2:5-9)’ The reality is that like Jesus when we put our faith in him we are committing our spirit into God’s hands, we are giving up our spirit to God for safe keeping. And when we die, like Jesus, we know that God will give it back, healed and whole and fit for eternal life.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I believe that on the cross Jess Your Son completed the work of salvation, and Lord I believe that by trusting in Him all my sins have been forgiven, and that there is nothing I can do that will make me right with You. I believe that Jesus did it all for me, and in Him I put my trust. Lord, my spirit is in Your hands. Lord, give me peace about the past, give me strength to live in the present, and give me hope for the future. Fill me with joy knowing that I am held secure in Your hands. In Jesus and his finished work I pray. Amen.

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