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It is finished

The three most poignant words Jesus spoke while on earth....

Three of the most important or poignant words that Jesus spoke on earth were: "It is finished." The Greek word translated "it is finished" means the perfect accomplishment of a planned action. When Jesus uttered these words, He was declaring that in that moment His whole ministry was perfectly fulfilled.

So what did Jesus finish?

  1. Just prior to His arrest by the Romans, Jesus prayed His last public prayer stating that He had finished the work His Father had given Him to do (John 17:4). The work Jesus was sent to do 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, which means not counting men's sins against them. This is the message of reconciliation that we are to make known to the world. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). None other but God in the flesh could accomplish such a task.
  2. Also finished was the fulfilment of all Old Testament prophecies, symbols, and foreshadowings of the coming Messiah. From Genesis to Malachi, there are over 300 specific prophecies detailing the coming of the Anointed One, all fulfilled by Jesus. From the "seed" who would crush the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15), to the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, to the prediction of the "messenger" of the Lord (John the Baptist) who would "prepare the way" for the Messiah, all prophecies of Jesus' life, ministry, and death were fulfilled and finished at the cross.
    Although the redemption of mankind is the most important finished task, many other things were finished at the cross.
  3. The sufferings Jesus endured while on the earth, and especially in His last hours, were at last over. God's will for Jesus was accomplished in His perfect obedience to the Father (John 6:38).
  4. Most importantly, the power of the devil was broken. As St Paul reminds us in Ephesians Chapter 6, by raising the "shield of faith" in the One who completed the work of redemption and salvation, we can, by faith, live as new creations in Christ.

Jesus' finished work on the cross was 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. Victory over sin and death is now ours. Halleluiah!

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