“It is Finished!” This was not a cry from a helpless martyr or the final gasp of a worn-out life. No, this was the declaration of the Divine Redeemer that all for which He came from Heaven to earth to do was now done. The full price of our redemption was now paid.
I want to share a few thoughts I picked up about those this statement from Arthur W. Pink’s book, ‘The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross.’ They are worth your time to contemplate Jesus’ victory statement
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished. (John 19:30)
Jesus claimed that the work He was sent to do was finished. He was stating that the great purpose of God down through history was complete. What exactly was finished?
1. The fulfillment of all the prophecies to be performed before His death was finished.
This is the immediate thought of the context. Jesus had just received the vinegar, which was a fulfillment of Psalm 69:21 “…in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
Throughout His life, Jesus fulfilled prophecy. Some include: He was born of a woman’s seed – virgin birth (Gen. 3:15; Is. 7:14). He would be a descendant of Abraham (Gen. 22:18). He would be a descendant of David (2 Samuel 7:12-13). He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). He would be despised and rejected by the Jews (Is. 53:3; Is. 8:14; Ps. 69:4). His hands and feet would be pierced (Psalm 22:6).
2. His sufferings were finished.
Words cannot describe the sufferings of Jesus. He endured physical, mental, and spiritual anguish. He was called the “Man of Sorrows” and suffered at the hands of men, Satan, and God. Jesus knew early that He would die like this (Ps. 88:15; John 2:4; 3:14). Even more, He suffered in the event itself. The physical sufferings were excruciating, but even this was nothing compared with His anguish of soul.
3. The goal of the incarnation was finished.
The mission God had sent His Son into the world was now accomplished (John 17:4). Jesus became a man so He could die.
4. The atonement was finished.
The Hebrew word for atonement means ‘covering.’ The skins of animals covered the nakedness of Adam and Eve. Noah’s ark sheltered his family in the flood. The Passover Lamb protected the families from the angel of death. But these only covered the individuals. Jesus’ death completed the removal of sin. Nohting is left for the sinner to add. Now works from us are demanded as the price for our salvation. All that is necessary for the sinner is to rest by faith on what Christ did.
5. Our sins were finished.
If you are a Christian, all your sins were transferred to the Savior. The guilt, condemnation, and penalty of our sins were transferred to our Substitute. If God laid my sins on Christ, they are no longer on me.
6. The Law’s requirement was finished.
The Law is holy. The fault is not in the Law but in every person who cannot keep the Law. But Jesus not only kept the Law completely and fully, He suffered its penalty and endured its curse.
7. The power of Satan was finished.
“… through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). For the Christian, the Devil is a conquered enemy. He was defeated by Christ at the cross. No longer has he any legitimate claim on us. Once we were his slaves but Christ has freed us. All we need to do now is ‘resist the devil’ and the promise is ‘he will flee from you’ (James 4:7).
You can read the other sayings of Jesus: “Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross“