Written by Marcus Mitchell
Scripture to Read: John 19:23-30
There is so much meaning packed into Christ’s final words on the cross: “It is finished.” Those who were witnessing did not know or at least did not fully know what He meant. Not only was Christ’s work on earth complete, but the Father’s work of saving mankind since the fall of man was complete. With Jesus’ death, the sins of all mankind past, present and future were also put to death. He was the final sacrifice.
Hebrews 10:1-14 explains that in the past animal sacrifices were made to cover the sins of man, but it was only temporary and did not fully satisfy what was needed to absolve us of our sin. I believe this passage explains well what Jesus meant when He said, “It is finished”:
“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”
First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”
From the moment sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, humanity had been looking towards this moment for a final solution to their sin. And all future generations look back to this moment for their final solution to their sin. It is a defining moment for all mankind. It cannot be overstated. What Jesus did by willingly dying on the cross and taking upon Himself the sins of all mankind for all of human history was the work of an amazing God who is worthy of all our worship and praise for all eternity!