It is Finished
John 19:28-30 (NIV)
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus had a singular mission. During his days on earth, he did what pleased his Father. Time and time again, he could have gone a different direction. His cousin, John the Baptist was beheaded. He was opposed by the Pharisees; he knew that Judas was going to betray him. He also knew that Peter was going to deny him three times. Prior to this day, the mob was praising God and laying cloaks and palm branches on the ground while Jesus came to the temple, riding on a colt. Earlier in this same chapter in verse 15, the crowd calls for the Romans to crucify him. Since Jesus was God in the flesh, he also knew when his time would come to die and that all of the prophecy of Scripture from the Old Testament would be fulfilled. His last words were “It is finished”. It’s very similar to when a builder has a goal to build a house or the production line is assembling the next iPhone. There is a process all along the way that is documented and planned out. The Scripture reveals the plans and God puts it into action, where the scripture is fulfilled time and time again. God kept his promise to David that a heir from his line will reign forever and that he will be born in Bethlehem.
Jesus died for all of the sinners in which I am one who, through my actions, yelled to crucify him. I do not deserve his grace, but I am grateful that God is merciful and forgives us even when we don’t deserve it. Remember the two thieves who were also being crucified him on that cross. One of them wanted Jesus to save him. The other one said that he deserved the punishment, but asked that Jesus remembers him. What Jesus said next probably surprised him when he said that he will be with him in paradise. That’s my thought when Jesus also offers this invitation to all of us who will commit and surrender to him. He went through suffering for each and every one of us so that we may have a new life with him in paradise.