It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 4 of 4
It is finished | John 19: 28-30 | Part 4 We have been embarking on a four part study of the cross of Christ. This study is the conclusion 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 final interrogative question of “why” was “it is finished”?
Are you slaving for God’s grace? Or are you serving Him from His grace?
VI) The sixth interrogative question is “why” was “it finished”?
The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was carried out to perfection concerning the salvation of mankind from their sin. Why was “it” finished, we ask?
It was finished for you and for me.
It was finished so that we might have hope for eternal life.
It was finished that we might receive forgiveness of sins.
It was finished in order that sinful man could have a glorious and meaningful relationship with a thrice holy God!
It is finished for our salvation.
It is finished for our justification.
It is finished for our sanctification.
And bless God, it is finished for our glorification.
IT IS FINISHED! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It Is Finished.
“But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” (Heb. 9: 11-15).
In Genesis chapter three - An animal is sacrificed and its blood is shed for a person.
In Exodus chapter twelve - An animal is sacrificed and its blood is shed for a family.
In Exodus chapter thirty and Leviticus 16: 3-34 - An animal is sacrificed and its blood is shed for a nation.
In the cross of Calvary - Jesus, the Lamb of God, was sacrificed, and His blood was shed for the whole world. The blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God was sacrificed on the cross of crucifixion for the remission and forgiveness of sins. All mankind’s sin, past, present and future. Yours, mine, everybody's! We cannot add to the finishing work that Jesus Christ accomplished in the cross of Calvary. It is finished! He finished the work!
It was finished to defeat the adversary and his schemes against the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” (Rev. 12: 10-11, ESV, emphasis mine).
It was finished for the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies:
It was finished for the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecies, symbols, and foreshadowings of the coming Messiah. From the beginning of Genesis to the end of 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, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1: 29), all the prophecies of Jesus’ life, ministry, and death were fulfilled and finished at the cross. It . . . is . . . finished!
The Christian's debt has been paid in full by the propitiation of Jesus Christ. By Jesus paying the Christian's sin debt in full, "God [has] made [us] alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him" (Colossians 2:13-15). It is finished!”
It was finished to give the power of God for the believer: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1: 17-18).
It is finished!
Jesus came to pay our sin debt: “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; ... (Col. 2: 12-14).
Are you working to please God, to receive his grace? Or do you rest and serve a loving God from the grace He has already extended?
This is what separates babes in Christ who never grow and the mature believers in whom the Word of God inhabits them richly and they overcome the evil one!
One of the great Christian pastors of our day talks about a tremendous art gallery in heaven. This gallery is full of beautiful, perfect portraits of millions of people. These portraits are of God’s saints who gave their hearts to Jesus and lived their lives serving Him.
These portraits are the greatest portraits you have ever laid eyes upon. They are crystal clear, lifelike and without spot, wrinkle or blemish. They have been painted by Almighty God Himself as He views His children. We also notice that there are several that are not finished. These are the portraits of the people living for Jesus here on earth.
When the child of God experiences a defeat, a victory, a trial or a storm, it is at these times that God is painting another stoke on our portraits. And one day, when He finishes our portraits, He will stand back and admire His work, turn to the Prophets, Apostles and legions of angels at soldier’s rest and proclaim “tetelestai”! It is finished!
Again, I ask you, concerning your relationship with God, are you working... are you striving...are you praying... For or from His grace? Enjoy your relationship with God because of the finishing work that Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary! Let’s grow in grace together as we serve Him! MKR
It is finished!
This has been part four of a four-part series. I hope you found it inspiring and helpful with your walk with Jesus. 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: email@example.com