It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 3 of 4
It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 3 We are embarking on a four part study of the cross of Christ. This study is part three and our focus has been on our English version words: “It is finished” which comes from one word in the original Greek: “tetelestai”. Let's pick up where we left off last time with answering the interrogative question of “what” was involved in “it is finished”?
Jesus came to make reconciliation between God and man possible: “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation” (Ro. 5: 6-11). It is finished!
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight” (Col. 1: 19-22, emphasis mine)
Are you slaving for God’s grace? Or are you serving from His grace?
Jesus came to end sin’s power and consequences: “For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” (Heb. 9: 24-26, emphasis mine). Other versions rendered this as deliver from sin, to do away with sin, and to destroy sin.
It is finished!
Jesus came to defeat our enemy, the devil: “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,” (Heb. 2: 14).
“And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” (Ro. 16: 20).
“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.
And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” (Col. 2: 11-15, emphasis mine). It is finished!
Every sin has been paid for, every evil deed judged, and the full and total price of our redemption has been purchased at the cross. It is finished!
Are you slaving for God’s grace? Or do you walk with Him because of or from His grace?
The fourth of our six questions is where was the crucifixion for it being finished?
IV) The fourth interrogative question is “where” was “it” finished?
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ occurred on a hilltop called Calvary. Let’s read the account from John’s Gospel, chapter nineteen, verse sixteen, “Then he (Pilate) delivered Him (Jesus) to them (the soldiers) to be crucified. So, they took Jesus and led Him away. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’ Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: “They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things” (John 19: 16-24).
Many books have been written about Calvary
-many tear producing sermons have been preached,
-heart-rendering poems have been read
-horrifying pictures have been painted
and inspirational hymns have been sung concerning this world’s seemingly insignificant place called “Mount Calvary”.
One of these very popular hymns was written by William Reed Newell. He wrote the ever so popular hymn “At Calvary” that is sung so often in our Christian gatherings.
“Years I spent in vanity and pride,
till my guilty soul imploring turned
3 Now I've given to Jesus everything,
now I gladly own Him as my King,
now my raptured soul can only sing
4 Oh, the love that drew salvation's plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the mighty gulf that God did span
Refrain: Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
pardon there was multiplied to me;
there my burdened soul found liberty
at Calvary.”my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me He died
2 By God's Word at last my sin I learned;
then I trembled at the law I'd spurned,
Calvary, Golgotha, the place of the skull. Called so due to the rocky terrain on the side of this hill resembles a face of a skull. Calvary’s hill, just outside of Jerusalem, this is where “it” happened.
The fifth of our six questions is when was it finished?
V) The fifth interrogative question is “when” was involved in “it is finished”?
It was finished when Jesus Christ died on the cross, right?
After approximately 33 years of livings a sinless life;
After exemplifying a total and truthful relationship with both God and man; after living an exemplary and sinless life;
After being falsely accused by the Jewish religious leaders during mockery trials, one after another;
After being abandoned in His hour of need and left by the disciples whom He had lead and had loved;
After irritated Roman soldiers spit on Jesus, slapped and full fisted Him repeatedly, over and over;
After they mocked and insulted Him, they whipped Him without mercy with a cat of nine tails. Is. 52: 14 says that Jesus Christ was mutilated worse than any other human being in history;
Secular historians like Eusibius and Josephus tell us that Jesus Christ was beaten so badly that it was hard to tell what was flesh and what was carnage exposed on His body;
Is that when “it” was finished?
After these same battle tested soldiers drove a crown of thorns down into His scull;
After they made Him carry 100lb cross of execution up the hilly street named the Via Dolorosa for a distance of 650 yards, which was a third of a mile;
After the Roman hammer rang as they pounded one spike after another is His mal-nurtured, bloodied and beaten body;
After women including His mother cried and wailed at His feet while watching the once vibrant life fleeting from His body, one fading beat of the heart and one diminishing breath, one after the other;
After He cared for His mother’s future by requesting the disciple John to care for her as his own;
After He said “It is Finished”; Is that when “it” was finished?
No! A thousand times no! The plan of the cross was always God’s reconciliatory one throughout eternity. We see the plan first mentioned in Gen. 3:15, where God told satan the snake, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
This great and glorious plan of God for His Son to die on a cross of crucifixion was always on the mind and heart of Almighty God!
It was finished way before the first man Adam ever drew his first breath of life that God breathed into his lungs. It was finished in the fullness of time!
While Jesus was praying to His Heavenly Father in John’s Gospel, He prayed this concerning His death on the cross: ““Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose, I came to this hour.” (John 12: 27).
The elder Peter reaffirms this: “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” (1Peter 1: 18-21, emphasis mine).
Before the concept of time began, That is when it . . . was . . .finished!
This has been part three of a four-part series. Next time we'll pick up here where we left off with the final interrogative question of “why” was “it is finished”? Let’s go to church this Sunday. These are certainly troubling and uncertain times that we live in. From the ever growing national debt, to corrupt, lying, greedy politicians, extremist’s terrorists, slipping moralities to God only knows what’s next. I never in my wildest dreams thought there would be a national debate over sex gender and bathrooms! I don’t remember when people had such a low opinion and dismal outlook about our country and where it is headed. Very few people that we come in contact with on a daily basis have a very positive attitude.
Both born from above and the un-regenerate, very few! This great nation of ours is on a speeding train of declination. The train is on a track to degradation and she is picking up steam: fast! Ole Uncle Sam needs a revival. From the president and his administration in the White house right down to the kid behind the counter at McDonald's. We need a fresh awakening from the Holy Spirit of God. America needs another outpouring of the Holy Ghost as was experienced by the first century Church.
Come join our pastor, our church and me in praying for revival. Won’t you join me today and start by carrying ourselves and our loved ones to church. I need church, you need church, your family needs the Church! If you are in the Clay county area of North Florida come worship with us at Harbor Baptist church located on the corner of Clay Street (1120) & US Hwy 17, Fleming Island, FL. We are located just to the right of Corky Bell’s Seafood restaurant. Morning worship is at 10:30 and we meet Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m.
Better yet, come join our group for Bible study with the adults. I lead the adult class entitled: “Harbor Haven, for pairs and spares”. (For couples and singles) We meet @ 9:14 in the main room of the education building. This is the building located right next to the church. We would love for you to come and fellowship with us around the Word of God. And feel free to bring a guest. Whether you attend the worship service or choose not to, we hope to see you for Bible study!
We pride ourselves with being a smaller church with the big difference. I don’t believe you will find another fellowship of believers who have a greater love for God and as a result of His love for us, we have love for one another. You’ll find me and my family there, come visit, both you and our church will be glad that you did!
I am happy to speak on behalf of our Lord Jesus Christ in the North Florida area. I am a conservative, evangelical, fundamentalist teacher whose doctrinal beliefs align with those of the Southern Baptist Convention. My doctrinal views are listed in the menu section of this site. If your pastor is sick, has a sudden emergency or needs a vacation, I am happy to fill in for him. You can contact me by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org