The Plan Completed
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 these hours were some of Jesus’ worst moments as the God-human. But that wasn’t the end of the story.
We look again at His last moments alive on the cross but today we will be focusing on the moment after His final words. This is the moment that He gave up His Spirit. While this is a common phrase for those who die there is something different about this Man giving up His Spirit. That difference is who instigated the death.
Read the last part of our key verse again. It points to the key that makes this story of crucifixion the important part of our faith that it is. That point is simply this, He gave up His Spirit. While that may not seem like a big deal let’s ask ourselves one question, “Who of us can give up our own spirits?” Yes, people may choose to take their own lives but even in those instances it isn’t the person that sends their spirit out of the body. Only Jesus was capable of this because of who He is. And He did it voluntarily.
This is possibly one of the most important moments in the crucifixion. This is the moment that He further showed that there was only one person that He could be and that was the Messiah. He alone had the power to give His Spirit up. His being God enabled Him to complete the mission from birth to death. He didn’t rely on His human strength because this mission required God power.
This moment in time was the end of the pre-redemption era and the beginning of the redemption era. His giving His life for our sins was the only payment that God required and Jesus paid it in full. Those who lived in the pre-redemption era failed to see Him for who He was and sadly many in the redemption era also miss knowing Him. Even some of us in the church forget or ignore the importance of this moment. This is the moment of time that He freed us from the penalty of our sins. This is the very moment of victory!
Making It Personal
Have you ever considered why this moment of the crucifixion was important? What does Jesus holding complete power at that precise moment mean to the way you live? Have you thanked Him for that moment recently?
Making It Personal Kids
Why is Jesus’ death important? Why is it important that we know that Jesus was God? Have you thanked Him for dying for your sins?
Father, we can’t thank You enough for this plan of redemption. We thank You for choosing us as Your children. May we see our sin through the light of Your sacrifice. In Jesus’ name, amen.