“It is finished!” Don’t you just love that word? After having met and prayed with a dear brother this morning, I came back home being re-awakened, as it were, and greatly appreciating the beauty and power of the Gospel. We are called to apply the gospel to every area of thinking, feeling, relating, working, and behaving. To me, this is weighty and wonderful altogether.
On my way back to our apartment, what Jesus said in his final hour in John 19: 30 came to mind. It reads:
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
In saying “It is finished,” Jesus proclaims that all the work the Father had sent him to accomplish (cf. 4:34; 9:4) was now done, and that his work of bearing the penalty for our sins has come to completion. This means there was no more penalty left to be paid for sins. It simply means all of Jesus’ suffering for our sins was “finished” once and for all (see Heb. 1:3; 9:11–12, 25–28).
What is finished? The Law is fulfilled. Redemption is completed. Our sins forgiven. We cannot add anything to the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Nor should we try. There is nothing we can do to add to our salvation. All of our own righteousness are like “filthy rags” before God’s righteousness (Isaiah 64: 6). Therefore, we rest. We rest by faith. We are justified by grace through faith (Ephesians 2: 8). Jesus has done it for us what we could never do. God looks at us; and sees His son. God looks at Jesus on the cross and sees our sins nailed with Him. For by grace we have been saved. Salvation is a free gift, unearned and undeserved!
An expression remarkably similar to this occurs in Revelation 21: 6 when Jesus said: “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
Yes, we drink from Jesus as thirsty men and women, without payment. The drink is free. Jesus paid it all; for once and for all eternity. Life then becomes a celebration of this one event in history, that Christ has paid it in full. “It is finished.” “It is done!”
Every Goliath you may be currently trying to fight with, Jesus has defeated! When Jesus said “It is finished,” He defeated the greatest Goliaths–sin, Satan and death!