One of the most powerful statements by Jesus comes in John 19:30 where He cried out, “It is Finished!” while dying on the cross. Through the cross, King Jesus has accomplished absolutely everything necessary for your salvation! We really can’t fully comprehend the depth, richness and beauty of the finished work of Christ on the cross and this victorious announcement. It forces us to ponder, wonder, and glory in the cross and ask some penetrating questions.
This is one word in the Greek language (Tetelastai) and it means “Paid in full!” Or “Completely accomplished!” This word speaks of Christ’s death as once for all never to be repeated in where He accomplished everything necessary for our salvation.
What did Jesus fully accomplish on the cross? First, Jesus finished the work the Father gave Him to accomplish. John 4:34 reads, “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.’”
Second, Jesus demonstrated the fullest expression of love for His people. John 13:1 says, “Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Third, Jesus’s finished work on the cross demonstrates the greatest display of God’s glory. In His High Priestly Prayer, Jesus prays in John 17:4: “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”
Fourth, Jesus’ death on the cross shows us the most horrendous experience of suffering ever known. Isaiah 53:4–7 prophesies about Jesus: “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.”
Finally, Jesus powerfully secured the completion of our full salvation. Romans 8:31–34 says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.”
After crying out “It is Finished!” Jesus bowed His head and gave up His spirit. When Jesus died, He was still sovereignly in control of His own life. No one took His life from Him because He had authority to lay it down on His own accord. John 10:17–18 reads, “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
As we start 2018, would this be a time to honor Jesus, worship Jesus, bow before Jesus, and rest in Jesus as your King of kings and Lord of lords who victoriously cried out “It is Finished!”