Summary: Cries From The Cross - The Cry of Victory (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Reading: John chapter 19 verse 30
In this series of studies:
• We are considering the seven statements of Jesus from the cross:
• These statements are very important to us:
• Not only because of the Person who spoke them;
• But, also because of the place where they were said.
• Remember the context that these great words were spoken in;
• It was when our Jesus was doing His greatest work on earth,
“These seven last words from the cross are windows that enable us to look into eternity and see the heart of God.”
• This morning we are looking at the sixth statement that Jesus made on the cross;
• “It is finished!”
• Our last two studies have been occupied with the tragedy of the cross;
• Today we shall see the triumph of the cross.
Quote: A.W. Pink:
“In his words “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” we heard the saviours cry of desolation.
In his words “I thirst” we listened to his cry of lamentation; now there falls upon our ears his cry of jubilation – “it is finished”.
From the words of the victim we now turn to the words of the victor.”
When you read the Gospel records concerning the death of Jesus Christ:
• You discover that the last words of Jesus were not whispered;
• Or even the quietly spoken murmurings of a man about to do.
• In fact the very opposite is true, we read words like these:
• ‘With a loud shout’ or ‘in a loud voice’ or ‘Jesus cried out’.
• Each of the four gospels record for us how Jesus spoke;
• He did not mummer or mutter his words in fact the opposite, he spoke up loud and clear;
• Matthew writes (chapter 27 verse 50):
• “When Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit”.
• Mark writes (chapter 15 verse 37):
• With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last”.
• Luke writes:
• Jesus called out with a loud voice…..”.
Matthew, Mark and Luke:
• Tell us the way in which Jesus spoke; “In a loud voice”.
• John alone tells us what Jesus said “It is finished”.
• Remember John was the eye-witness who stood at the cross and so he heard it himself!
• And recorded these important words of Jesus.
• He did not say, "I am finished." This was not a cry of defeat;
• Instead it was a shout of victory! "It is finished!"
• Jesus was not referring to himself;
• But rather to the work that he was accomplishing on the cross.
Though Jesus ended His earthly days with distress and trauma:
• He would die with the satisfaction of knowing
• That the purpose for His coming had been successfully fulfilled.
• In the Greek language in which John wrote,
• This statement is one ten lettered word: ‘tet-el-est-ai’.
• Translated into English as three words, it simply means;
• It is finished, it stands finished, and it always will be finished."
Quote: The nineteenth-century preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon said:
“That this one word…..would need all the other words that were ever spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain it…..It is altogether immeasurable. It is high; I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot fathom it."
• Well if the great Charles Haddon Spurgeon couldn’t adequately explain this word;
• I’ve got no-chance!
• So although this morning we will only scratch the surface of its meaning;
• I think we will find enough there to help us appreciate what Christ achieved.
(1). A familiar word:
(a). A word used by Servants.
• Servants and the slaves used this word.
• A master would tell his servant to go do something,
• And when the servant had completed the task, he would come back and say,
• "Tet-el-est-ai - I have finished the work that you gave me to do."
Jesus - Gods perfect servant:
• The Lord Jesus Christ was God’s suffering servant.
• Philippians 2 informs us that Jesus Christ came as a servant.
“Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. 6Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. 7He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.”
• When Jesus entered our world He did not come as a sovereign but as a servant,
• Not as a ruler but as a slave.
• And every slave or servant has work to do.
• So too with Jesus!
Turn with me to Luke chapter 2 verses 41-49:
• When Jesus was aged twelve He was separated from his family;