March 25, 2014

The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus on the Cross – Part 6

“It is finished!”

John 19:30 (NIV)

Following a busy time of ministry as Jesus’ disciples were encouraging Him to pause and eat something, Jesus told them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” John 4:34 (NIV) Finish He would. It would be the crowning word of triumph from the cross! Three words in English, one word in the Greek, “tetelesthai” – It is finished! No single word ever uttered has so changed the history and destiny of mankind as this! Notice that Jesus didn’t say, “I am finished!” It wasn’t the whimper of a defeated man offered in resignation. That’s why He cleared His throat just moments before so that His voice could be clearly heard by all. It was the shout of a mighty victor! “It is finished!” Redemption was paid in full! The word tetelestai was often used in Jesus’ day on business documents or receipts to show that a bill had been paid in full. No further debt remained! It is finished! There was no further work to do! We learn another lesson of grace in this single word from Calvary. Grace means there is a purpose and an end to our pain. One pastor put it like this, “When you’re living through a bad day, don’t expect to be able to ‘read’ the full dimensions of God’s redemptive plan in the middle of your struggle, but never doubt the certainty that it is in process. His call ‘It is finished!’ is our call to hold firm in this assurance: His sovereign power will ultimately win the day.” I love that! What a reminder that despite the pain and hardship we may experience, God has a purpose and a plan. Every problem has a purpose. No sorrow is wasted. The Psalmist declared, “Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 (NKJV) We often live in the night where darkness clouds our vision. We walk by faith and not by sight. But one day we shall see as clearly as we are seen for we shall see our Savior face to face! No matter what you may be enduring always remember that joy comes in the morning! There is a purpose and an end!