It Is Finished

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It Is Finished

After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), ‘I thirst.’ A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” – John 19:28-30

What did Jesus mean when He said, “It is finished?”

  • Was Jesus referring to His time on the cross?
  • Was He referring to His ministry on earth?
  • Was He referring to the redemption of mankind?
  • Is there something else?

Jesus spoke these words right before He gave up His spirit and died. His work was done. Redemption had been won. (to quote a Petra song) Jesus had now paid the price for our sins.

It Is Finished for You, Too.
All that needed to be done to accomplish your salvation is finished as well. We don’t add anything to the work of Jesus on the cross. Our sacrifices and acts of love, while wonderful and good for our neighbor, add nothing to our salvation.

It is finished for you which means you can rest in Your salvation.

Today, there is no ending question or suggestion of something you can do other than to reflect on the wonderful, amazing grace of God which has won your salvation.

Dear Jesus,

You have paid the price that was mine to pay, but which I could never have paid. Thank you. My salvation is in You and You alone.


If you’d like to listen to that Petra song, here you go:

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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