When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30
Every word spoken by Jesus is transformational, but the words He uttered while on the Cross seem to have a special resonance about them. There’s an echo, if you will, that can still be heard.
For me, the statement “It is finished” always brings a sigh of relief. It makes me exhale. It reminds me that Jesus did completely for me what I could not do for myself.
As much as I would like to contribute to my own redemption, I cannot. Nor is it necessary. Jesus already did everything – on the Cross. He paid the price for our sin, principle plus interest. It is completely, entirely, comprehensively done. Mission accomplished.
The only thing left for you and me to do is to take it personally (John 3:16).
Unpleasant as it is, I can imagine Jesus on the cross in his beaten and bloodied state summoning every ounce of remaining strength to emphatically declare that He had finished what He started. In the violent confrontation between the powers of darkness and the Light of the world, Jesus got the last word. By his statement, “It is finished,” he proclaimed victory, even while dying.
You can still hear the echo.
It’s a new day with God. Run with it.