Summary: To establish Christ’s work at Calvary has fulfilled all the Old Testament Scriptures, provided the perfect sacrifice for sins and finished the work of salvation for sinners. This lesson will correct the error of the thief’s salvation on the cross.
1. The Scriptures for the Son
2. The Sacrifice for Sins
3. The Salvation for Sinners
1. In our lesson today, we will be discussing the emphatic declaration of Jesus on the cross – and that was “it is finished.” Let me be clear, he is not meaning one part of it is finished – but – the total and complete plan is finished. I am convinced that he speaks concerning the will of God for the work of redemption for all mankind. Notice Jesus: “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do,” John 17:4. Jesus has completed all God required for Him to become the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind; for his total and complete redemption. This was made possible by his life; his suffering; his death and his resurrection. Praise the Lord, all ye people!
2. First of all, we are going to be discussing “the fulfilment of all scriptures for the Son.” In this statement of fact; Jesus did not say, I am finished; but that “it is finished.” I have finished – the work I came to do for my Father. The first was to fulfill all the scripture that are spoken of me. “I have not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets but to fulfill (them)…,” Matthew 5:17-18.
3. Secondly, we will consider the sacrifice for sins. Jesus states in this phrase – “it is finished” the sacrifice for the sins of the world. I have completed this work for my Father. I have become the propitiation for the sins committed under both covenants – the Old and the New. I am become the “mercy seat of God.” “And he (Christ) is the propitiation (mercy seat) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world,” 1 John 2:2.
4. Lastly, we will note that, in this statement Jesus declared he has purchased salvation for all sinners. In his death he has paid the ransom price for all mankind. Our salvation is no longer based upon our works of righteousness – but on the works of righteousness Christ has finished on behalf of all sinners. Paul said: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness for everyone that believeth,” Romans 10:4. Paul says further: “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life,” Romans 5:10. Our salvation is based entirely on the life and work of Christ for our eternal redemption. Let’s begin this lesson with how Christ’s life and death has fulfilled all the Old Testament scriptures as the Son of God and the promised Messiah for Israel.
BODY OF LESSON
I THE SCRIPTURES FOR THE SON
A. Jesus said in his sermon on the mount: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law and the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (to finish). For verily I say unto you. Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled (finished),” Matthew 5:17-18. Jesus states here, he did not come into the world to destroy the law and the prophets, but to fulfill, complete or finish their prophecy of Him as the coming Messiah for the nation of Israel.
B. Let’s be totally clear here, that the statement of Jesus “it is finished,” without a doubt includes the total and complete fulfillment of all the Old Testament Laws, the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Him and to complete the righteousness of God, through the Law of Moses.
1. If righteousness was possible through a system of law – then the Law of God, given by Moses could have brought about such righteousness. The truth is the Law in and of itself can never bring about righteousness once one violates any of its ordnances. It was necessary for Jesus to be born under the law; that he might redeem us from the law through His righteous obedience to all its commandments, Galatians 4:4-6.
2. The Lord says: “he has come to fulfill the law and prophets; not to destroy or set it aside.”
3. He came and lived in complete fulfillment of all the laws, the prophets and psalms concerning the righteousness of God. The law condemns all men to death; but had in itself no power to save or forgive the transgressor. Christ's life and death upon the Cross fulfilled the righteousness of the law. When Jesus came, He fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament scriptures.
4. Jesus did what our fathers could not do – obtain righteousness under the Law.