Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It is Finished Indeed!

It is Finished! (John 19:30)

Our Lord Jesus uttered this saying, the sixth saying on the Cross at Calvary, saying “It is Finished”.  In this one word we have our glorious redemption explained.  Jesus’ fifth saying on the cross was, “I thirst,” that one speaking of his humiliation, but now in verse 30 we have the triumph of the cross.  What was finished? 

1. His obedient life: In Philippians 2:8, Paul explains that Jesus, “Humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”. Here we see that Christ had to live a perfect life for his sheep, we who are unrighteous people, need righteousness to stand before God. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law”. This is glorious news for sinners like us. Because of the Lord Jesus’ obedient life, perfectly obeying the law of God, us sinners have Jesus’ righteousness credited to our account by faith.

2. His sufficient death: Not only did Jesus live that perfect life for us, he went to that cross and died for us, he stood in our place. He satisfied the justice and wrath of God for us! His death was sufficient because Jesus is God. He is infinite, therefore his death is sufficient. Christ cried out, “It is finished” because it was! Christ accomplished the great work of redemption for his people.

3. Our Sin: Because of Jesus’ life and death for us, our sin is gone! Our sin is nailed to the cross with Christ and we bear it no more.  Sure, we still sin, and we will have sin in us till glorification, but the glorious news of the gospel is that our sin is not counted against us, because Christ bore it. As the prophet Isaiah says, “The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 54:6).

So because of Jesus’ life and death our sin has been removed, and we can only marvel at our Savior!

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.

This is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long;
this is my story, this is my song,
praising my Savior all the day long.

No comments:

Post a Comment