“Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!’ And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30).
‘It is finished” was the last statement of Jesus Christ on the cross before He died and was buried. But thanks be to God because that would not be the end of Jesus’ impact in the life of humanity because the third day, He was resurrected from the grave to become our living Savior and Lord by the power of God Almighty. This last statement of Jesus on the cross has significance for Jesus and humanity.
The Bible scholars and commentators said that this statement of Jesus found only in the Gospel of John is Greek ‘tetelestai’ an accounting term that means that means “Paid in full”. When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. It means that Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind – the debt of sin. He did it on our behalf so that whoever would believe in that redemptive work should not perish but have everlasting life. What a great love of God, and Jesus (John 3:16). It is finished” also refers to Jesus finishing and accomplishing the purposeful work that God gave Him to do on earth (John 17:4) which was to “seek and save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10), to provide atonement for the sins of all who would ever believe in Him (Romans 3:23-25), and to reconcile sinful men to a holy God (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). Also completed was the fulfilment of all OT prophesies, symbols and foreshadowing of the coming Messiah referenced to as the Suffering Servant (Isaiah 53). God’s will for Jesus was accomplished in His perfect obedience to the Father (John 5:30, 6:38). The power of sin and Satan was finished that paves victory for mankind as well, a finished work on the cross being the beginning of new life for all who were once “dead in trespasses and sins but who are now made alive with Christ” (Ephesians 2:1, 5)
All of the above would have been to no avail if not for the resurrection of Jesus the third day which we are celebrating today. To God be the glory and we rejoice and thankful for the enabling power of the promised Holy Spirit by Jesus who is our source of power for the new life. Is Jesus Christ resurrected in your life already? Dr. Johnson Omoni