When Jesus had received the sour wine He said, “It is finished” and bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.
Reflection from Joan Nulton:
Some of the last words of Jesus on the cross were “It is finished”. What did these words mean to Jesus and what do they mean for us?
The Son of God left His perfect home in Heaven to come into a broken world. He experienced weariness, pain, sorrow, temptation, rejection, misunderstanding, and abuse with the knowledge that one day He would be the final sacrifice for the sins of the world. Jesus begged His Father to change His mind. Would it be possible for this cup to pass from Him? He knew the pain of God’s wrath for sin would be great. When Jesus said, “It is finished”, His suffering as man was ended.
Love motivated Jesus to choose to carry out His Father’s plan. God wants to get our attention and remind us that He loves us. But we can’t come into His presence with sin in our hearts and we can’t get rid of our sin no matter how hard we try. Jesus came to rescue us and restore our relationship with His Father.
Jesus tells us that we are sinners and need a Savior to be reconciled to the Father. Jesus lived a sinless life and became our unblemished lamb. He became the final and ultimate sacrifice and shed His blood so we can be forgiven. He suffered our punishment and “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ”. Romans 8:1 When He died the veil to the Holy of Holies was torn in two and we can now “come with confidence to the throne of grace that we may find grace and help in time of need”. Hebrews 16:4. Jesus is “The Way” back to our Heavenly Father.
For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 His work on earth is finished. Today Jesus is interceding for us before the Father.
Let’s share the good news and glorify, praise and worship our Savior who loves us more deeply than we can imagine.
Questions for personal reflection or discussion:
- What do the words, “It is finished” mean to you?
- What would our life be like if Jesus refused to be obedient to His Father and did not become our Savior?
- What is the meaning of grace and what does it mean to you?