It is Finished

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It is Finished

John 19:30
What a glorious day to celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus hung on the cross, seven statements are recorded. This morning I want us to focus on the sixth statement. Each of them is of huge significance, each worthy of lengthy examination.

In Luke 23:34 … Father, forgive them: For they do not know what they are doing.

In Luke 23:43 … Today you will be with Me in paradise.
In John 19:26,27 …Woman, look! Your Son! Look! Your mother! In Matt. 27:46 … My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? In John 19:28 … I am thirsty.
In John 19:30 … It is finished!
In Luke 23:46 … Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.

This morning we are going to look at just one … the second to last of the seven … IT IS FINISHED found in John 19:30. The Apostle John simply tells us that Jesus said: “It is finished.” But Matthew says he cried out with a loud voice … IT IS FINISHED! It was not merely a word spoken … it was a word shouted out! Jesus yelled out … it is finished! Shouting out something while hanging on a cross for six hours is just not done, unless you are the Son of God. It is a shout of victory. His shout was heard in heaven … it made heaven rejoice. It was heard in hell … but caused only greater agony to those who did not believe.

Some think Jesus is saying … My suffering is over. I’m finished. I am now going out of the reach of my enemies. Others have thought Jesus was saying … I’ve done everything I can … I’ve done my part in providing salvation. Now all of you … you do your part … you take it from here.

My friends, we don’t take it from here. Jesus is saying just the opposite. He’s saying His work is complete. Christ accomplished all that is necessary to provide salvation for all who believe.

The three English words … IT IS FINISHED … is one word in the Greek – tetelestai. This is a wonderful word. Charles Spurgeon said … one word … would need all the other words that ever were spoken … to explain this one word. It is altogether immeasurable. I am only going to be able to scratch the surface of what this means …

The Root Word Means: to finish, to perform, to accomplish, to pay a debt. The tense of the word in the Greek is the perfect tense, which indicates a finished action with continuing results in the future. Christ’s work on the cross provides salvation to those who believe … with the continuing result of keeping them saved.

I Corinthians 15:20

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 15:21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

Finished is the divine assignment given to Jesus by His Father. The word is used several times to convey God the Father’s assignment to His Son.

John 4:34

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.”

John 5:36

“But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish—the very works that I do—testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me.

John 17:4

“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.”

John 19:28

After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”

Though this one word … would need all the other words that ever were spoken … to explain it … we at least need to leave harbor and begin across this ocean of truth. We may only go a short distance in the voyage. But let’s set sail though we won’t get far from shore.

Our Lord wants us to know …
He has completely and totally taken care of what is necessary to pay for the sins of the world for all eternity!
The sins of man are paid in full … for those who will place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ! Every single thing that Jesus came to do in salvation was finished at that moment! Every jot and tittle of the law, every word and deed … was accomplished as Jesus and His Heavenly Father had determined from eternity past … the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23).

So the big question is what was finished?
Finished are the Old Testament TYPES

The brazen serpent lifted up on a pole to heal those bitten finds completion in Christ … lifted up on a cross that all who look to Him and believe might be saved.

Every type, from the red heifer to the animals sacrificed on the altar, find their completion in Christ.

Jesus was the prophet like unto Moses
The champion like unto Joshua
He was pictured in Aaron and Melchizedek

Spurgeon

He must be both David and Solomon, Noah and Jonah, Judah and Joseph. He must not only be the lamb that was slain, and the scape-goat that was not slain, the turtle-dove that was dipped in blood, and the priest who slew the bird, but he must be the altar, the tabernacle, the mercy-seat, and the shewbread. “All kings shall fall down before him, and all nations shall serve him;” and yet, “He is despised and rejected of men.” He must be a man without spot or blemish, but yet one upon whom the Lord doth cause to meet the iniquities of us all.

My friends, no one could ever pretend to be this person. Jesus Christ is the finished picture of all these types.

Let’s move further from shore …

Finished Are the PROPHECIES Concerning Redemption From the prophecy in the Garden of Eden all the way to the Book of Malachi … every prophecy concerning redemption has been finished in Christ.

Jesus completed the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 … bruising the head of Satan … a fatal blow to the devil … while Satan bruised Jesus on the heel … the sufferings of Christ on the cross. Satan is a defeated foe.

Fulfilled are the prophecies of Isaiah …

Jesus finished redemption in Isaiah 53

  •   In Isaiah 53:3 … He was despised and forsaken of men … a man of sorrows
  •   In Isaiah 53:4 … our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried;
  •   In Isaiah 53:5 … He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
  •   In Isaiah 53:6 … the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.
  •   In Isaiah 53:7 … He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
  •   In Isaiah 53:9 … His grave was assigned with wicked men, Yet He was with a rich man in His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.
  •   In Isaiah 53:10 … the LORD was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering …
  •   In Isaiah 53:11 … the Righteous One … will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities.
  •   In Isaiah 53:12 … He poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.Don’t miss this!
    Old Testament sacrifices could only cover sin. They could not take it away. That’s why sacrifices had to be offered over and over again. But the Lamb of God … finished what the blood of lambs and goats could not finish. John the Baptist declared this when he saw Jesus.

John 1:29
…Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

The writer of Hebrews describes this in detail:

Hebrews 9:24-28

For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
9:25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own.

9:28 so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many …

Did you catch that? Offered once to bear the sins of many. Christ’s work is complete. There is nothing else needed. It is a completed work.

Finished is the Satisfaction of God’s JUSTICE

When Christ shouted out IT IS FINISHED … The justice of God was satisfied. God could not acquit us of sin without His justice satisfied. Christ’s death was the only means to SATISFY God’s perfect righteousness!

“… as a propitiation …”

“There can be no justification, no reconciliation, no cleansing of our conscience, unless the holiness of God is honored and the defamation of His righteousness is repaired.”

God could not save us from the penalty of sin by His love;
God could only save us by satisfying His justice. Jesus satisfied the Father’s justice, died in our place, took the penalty of death we deserved, and satisfied perfect justice. His work once for all finished what was necessary to save all who believe.

Finished is the Perfect Keeping of the LAW

My friends, the perfect Law of God is our enemy if we do not have someone who can keep it perfectly for us. Jesus did that!

Romans 3:25-26

…whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed…
3:26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Matthew 5:17

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

Galatians 3:10

For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.”

That’s me! That’s you!

My friends, every one of us have broken the Law of God and thus are cursed. But praise be to God … God the Son did abide by all things written in the Law from His birth to His death. By the finished work of Christ, Paul tells us …

Notice too …

Finished Is the Work for Christ’s CHURCH

When Jesus said …

  •   Father, forgive them is for sinners, not for saints
  •   I thirst …He said for Himself … the same for My God, My God why have You forsaken Me.
  •   “Woman, behold thy son!” was for Mary.
  •   “Today you shall be with me in paradise” was for the penitent thief
  •   “Into thy hands I commend my spirit,” is for the Father. When Jesus said … it is finished … it is for those who believe … it is for Christ’s church. Watch this
  •   The work that SAVES is a finished work.There are some religious beliefs that say Jesus did most of the work … almost all the work. But we must complete it somehow. How sad it is to observe our Roman Catholic friends seek to add their own good works and rituals to gain favor with God. My friends, we do not participate in the work of salvation. It is the finished work and sole work of Christ. Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us (Titus 3:5)
  •   The work that is finished needs nothing ADDED.Evangelist Alexander Wooten

    Read the story of an evangelist by the name of Alexander Wooten with a strange twist in his approach to evangelism. A flippant young man once asked Wooten … “What must I do to be saved?” Wooten said … “It’s too late!” And then went about his work. The young man became alarmed. “Do you mean that it’s too late for me to be saved?” he asked. “Is there nothing I can do?” “Too late!” said Wooten. “It’s already been done! The only thing you can do is believe.”

Romans 10:4

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Charles Spurgeon

The redemption of Christ’s Church is perfected! There is not another penny to be paid for her full release. There is no mortgage upon Christ’s inheritance. Those whom he bought with blood are forever clear of all charges, paid for to the utmost. All those overwhelming debts, which would have sunk us to the lowest hell, have been discharged.

Just listen to what Scripture says.

Romans 6:10
For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all.

Hebrews 7:27

{Jesus} does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.

Hebrews 9:12

…and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Hebrews 10:10
By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

I Peter 3:18
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God …

Jesus brings us to God by His work. The finished work of Christ has another benefit for us daily.

Finished that We Might Have CONFIDENCE In PRAYER

Hebrews 10:19-22

Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 10:20 by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,
10:21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

10:22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Finished that We Be Secure in His GRACE

Romans 5:2
…through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand …

This is good!
“Into this grace we stand” means into this grace we STAY.

The finished work of Christ means we stay under the constant BENEFITS of grace.

This is only possible because Christ finished the work of salvation … and nothing can be added to it.

Arthur Pink

“It is utterly and absolutely impossible that the sentence of the divine Judge should ever be revoked or reversed. Sooner shall the lightnings of omnipotence shiver the Rock of Ages than those sheltering in Him again be brought under condemnation.”

In saying it is finished … Jesus was declaring: MISSION accomplished.

These words speak hope to the hopeless and pardon to the guilty and acceptance to the lost. Jesus has opened the door for the sinner to return back to God. Jesus invites you to come without money and without price

Wrap Up

What an amazing thing … He who knew no sin became sin on our behalf … that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Christ’s work of salvation IS finished, it STANDS finished, and it always WILL BE finished!

And now the question for you individually; has the finished work of Christ been applied to you? I mean by that … are you trusting in what Christ alone has done on the cross for you? Have you abandoned attempts to earn God’s favor by your good deeds?

HT – Easter – April 5, 2015 – http://www.riverpark.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Easter-April-5-2015-AM.pdf

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