The Second Last Word From The Cross
The Second Last Word From The Cross:
“’It is finished”
Recap last five weeks.
- Week One – Father forgive them for they know not what they do – Forgiveness
- Week Two – Truly I say to you, today you will be in paradise – Salvation
- Week Three – Dear Woman here is your son, and to the disciple he said “Here is your mother” – Compassion
- Week Four – My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? – Anguish
- Week Five – I am thirsty – Humanity
Tonight we look at the second last saying of Christ from the cross.
The sixth saying of Christ on the cross is one of victory. John 19:30 says: “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up his spirit”.
Jesus’ humility rings in his words. His was not a vain man with an I-showed-you attitude. He did not even say, “I did it” or “I did it My way” as Frank Sinatra used to sing. He claimed no credit. To the end, Jesus’ mind was on the work He came to do. He victoriously announced, for all to hear, “It is finished.”
This is a single word in the Greek language – tetelastai and it carries the meaning of it stands finished forever. A mixture of relief, satisfaction, accomplishment, work completed and victory. Have you ever made something that took a lot of effort and when finished sat back and just said “DONE” with satisfaction in your accomplishment. This word carries a similar meaning.
So what was finished? What was it that Christ came to do that was now finished?
We will find that answer as we establish what it is Christ came to do. Tonight we will go through a series of verses and I want someone to come up on the board and write a word or three on what it is that this verse that indicates what Christ came to do.
- Luke 4:43 – preach the good news
- John 6:38 – do Gods will – as in the garden of Gethsemane
- John 18:37 – testify to the truth
- 1 John 3:8 – destroy the devils work
- Hebrews 2:14 – destroy the Devil – He was destroyed at the cross
- John 10:10 – to give full life
- John 3:17 – save the world
- Matthew 20:28 – Serve – a ransom
- 1 John 3:35 – take away sins
- Mark 2:17 – to call sinners
- 1 John 5:20 – that we may know Him – know him who is true.
(He also came to be the light that takes people out of darkness, to fulfil the law, to save that which was lost, so we might live through Him, to be a high priest, to taste death for all. To proclaim freedom for believers, to bring judgement)
When Christ died on the cross- when He gave up His Spirit to His Father He said “it is finished” The work that Christ had come to do was finished, completed, no more to be done. All the things he came to do had been accomplished.
Christ had come to save that which was lost, to make a way for His creation, for the world which He loved to come back into fellowship with Him. To make a way to remove the punishment of our sins forever.
If we were to see a man die we would have pity and compassion on that man because of all that he leaves behind, because of all he could have been and was yet to accomplish but when Christ died on the cross we do not see the frailty of life instead we see the victory of death.
We do not see a death in vain but a death that brought victory for you and for me – a death that said the work is done, all we need do is believe. Romans 10:9 says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.
At that point your destiny changes for ever, all the reasons Christ came now come to bear on your life – you have received the good news, you have the truth, your sins are atoned for, you know him who is true, you are the lost who has been saved, a sinner called by God. This is when the true meaning of the words “it is finished” comes to life. Nothing you could have done in the past, nothing you could do now or could do in the future can result in this gift because Christ paid it all.
The victory is won
The words Jesus spoke from the cross were not words of failure but words of victory. The words of a conqueror. Three days later Christ would rise again demonstrating his victory over death and our victory over sin. We can stand firm on this promise.
Romans 8:31 says If God is for us, who can be against us.
When we understand that what Christ starting when he came into the world as a man He finished on the cross. To all who believed he gave the right to be called children of God and that is what we are.
This is a good thing, to a great thing to remember each day – live each day in the knowledge that the work of Christ on the cross is a finished work. If you know Him today, live like it – knowing that the price he paid was sufficient.
If you don’t know him today then the “it” that Jesus accomplished on the cross is still lacking in your life. Understand that you can do nothing to save yourself because Christ has already done all the God requires for your salvation. If this is you today please take the time to consider these things and place your trust in Him.