Verse 30 When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
Yesterday we talked about how Jesus used His power to stay on the cross and finish what He had come to do. But what was it that He had come to finish?
“It is finished.” We hear these words every year but do we really take the time to think about what they are referring to? Was Jesus just referring to His physical life? Or was He talking about His crucifixion? Of course these were both part of it but these words hold so much more than just the surface truths. His life wasn’t just a matter of teaching and so it has to be about more than His dying.
Jesus being able to preach to the masses in person was just an added benefit of His coming to earth as the only suitable sacrifice for our sins. His teachings showed just who He was and how perfect His life was being lived, but they weren’t His main reason for coming to the planet He had created. His mission was totally about the sin of man. Not just one man but all of humanity, for all of time. Throughout the whole of history the God-head was planning this very event that Jesus was living out. There had been foreshadowing things giving glimpses of it to God’s people for generations.
One of the ongoing visions of God’s redemptive plan was the sin sacrifices that God had laid out for His people in the wilderness. They were to offer a whole and perfect sacrifice for their sins. It was to be administered through the work of a priest. This wasn’t the perfect solution for sins but this was something to suffice until the only suitable sacrifice could be made.
Jesus was this suitable sacrifice. Only Jesus qualified because He was the only Son of God to have God’s DNA. Because He was God in the flesh He could not commit sins. This sinlessness is what made Him pure enough to be the perfect sacrifice required to pay for our sins. This was His human life mission. This was the thing that He was declaring was finished. Sin no longer required the death of a temporary sacrifice, He had paid for sin in full. Sin’s sentence of death was done!
Making It Personal
What does it mean to you that sin’s debt has been paid? What is your response to Jesus for His sacrifice? How do you feel about sin?
Making It Personal Kids
How does Jesus feel about sin? How does knowing Jesus died for your sin make you feel? How do you feel about sin?
Father, thank You for planning out every detail to pay for our sins. May knowing what it cost You give us reason to hate our sin. In Jesus’ name, amen.