Power Lesson for today, 04/01/2023;
It Is Finished!
When Jesus uttered, "It is finished," in John 19:30, He declared that the work He had been sent to do was complete. But what work was He referring to, and why did He use this phrase to describe it?
To understand the meaning of these words, we need to look at the context in which they were spoken. In the Gospel of John, Jesus was arrested, tried, and sentenced to death by crucifixion.
As He hangs on the cross, He cries, "It is finished." This statement comes after Jesus has endured unimaginable suffering and agony, marking the end of His earthly ministry.
"It is finished" is often translated from the Greek word "tetelestai," commonly used in Jesus' time to signify the completion of a task or settling a debt. However, this word was also used in religious sacrifices, representing the completion of the offering and the satisfaction of God's justice.
In this way, Jesus' use of this word on the cross would have been understood by His hearers as a declaration that His sacrificial work was complete.
So, what was the work that Jesus had been sent to do? According to the Bible, Jesus came to earth to save humanity from sin and death by dying on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins.
His death was the ultimate payment for the sinful debt we owe God. By passing in our place, Jesus made it possible for us to be forgiven and to receive eternal life.
When Jesus said, "It is finished," He announced that this work of Salvation was complete.
He had fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament, lived a sinless life, and paid the penalty for our sins. Nothing was left to be done; the debt had been paid in full.
In conclusion, when Jesus said, "It is finished," He declared the completion of His work of redemption on the Cross.
He had accomplished what He came to do, and His sacrifice made it possible for us to be reconciled with God.
It is a powerful and profound statement that we can take great comfort in as we trust in Jesus for our Salvation.