When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, He bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – John 19:30
All kinds of great things going on in this verse. However, I want to talk about two. To understand the context though, it is important to note that his is Jesus on the cross at the end of His life. He had given all of His teachings and had loved the people well. Here after all that was required had been done He states “It is finished.”
Three words that describe His entire life. He ensured that every piece of scripture from the beginning until now had been fulfilled. That is over 300 prophesies that He had to make certain were fulfilled. Most of this He did just by being who He was. That is amazing and as near to impossible as a person can get, yet He completed it with love.
“It is finished.” His life had been lived perfectly and He had taken the sin of the world upon Himself, that however would believe in Him would find salvation. “It is finished.” There is nothing left to do for me, there is nothing left that we can do to earn salvation. It is now a free gift given to any who come, believe and accept. That is the Gospel, the free gift of grace.
Secondly, He gave up His spirit. This means that it was not taken from Him, but willingly laid down. He willingly went to the cross, but why is this important? It was so we would not feel guilt or shame at the cross, only love and repentance from a life lived selfishly.
The cross was never meant to make us feel bad or to give us a guilt trip into believing. As we take communion every week, I want people to be reminded that His sacrifice was willing. While there is sorrow that any had to die and that man had forsaken God, there is no guilt or shame in the cross. Only hope, love and peace, remember that THE SAVIOR willingly went there for you. Do not feel guilt, but remorse; do not feel shame, but appreciation and thankfulness that He loved us that much. We express that gratitude by willingly laying down our lives now for Him and His kingdom.