Today we look at the meaning behind the final words of Jesus on the Cross. “It is finished” (see John 19:28-30).
How many times in the Gospel of John does Jesus talk about His hour? He would say, “My hour has not yet come,” or, “the hour is coming.” It was as if Jesus was hearing the chimes of a clock that nobody else could. The life of the Lord Jesus Christ—the sum total of His ministry and mission—was leading to this one, final cry, “Tetelestai” or “It is finished.”
From His birth, through His boyhood, manhood, and public ministry, Jesus’ focus was to finish the work His Father had given to Him—the work of redemption. From the very beginning, God’s plan for our redemption required Jesus’ death and resurrection.
If you have never experienced the finished work of the Cross of Christ, you can today. Right now you can say, “It is finished. Lord God, I come surrendering my life to You. I know that You have conquered sin and death. I accept Your gift of eternal life.”
For believers, Christ’s final cry encourages us not to worry about the future; His finished work secures our glorious and eternal destiny as a child of God.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for finishing what You came to do, conquering sin and death. Thank You for the eternal security I have as Your child.
… Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30).