Summary: To remind us of the sacrifice and comittment of our Savior to insure our salvation. A gentle nudge to the believer to be mindful of ouir responsibilities and commitment in our daily lives.
Some people have a way with words. They have such a grasp of language and an eloquence of speech that the things they say seem deeply profound. But every word that Jesus said was deeply profound and filled with meaning.
Consider some of the truly wonderful statements of Christ:
? Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58
? I and my Father are one John 10:30
? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father John 14:9
? I will come again and receive you unto Myself John 14:1-3
? Surely I come quickly Rev. 22:20
? Verily, verily I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life John 6:47
Every single one of these statements is a gold mine of theological truth and is absolutely necessary in our understanding of just who Jesus Christ really is!- it gives a first-hand account of the life of the Savior. It has been disputed that John the disciple actually wrote this account but it is noted that this account of the gospel differs from the other three-Matthew, Mark, and Luke; known as the Synoptic or “seen together” gospels. But it is sure to be one of intimate details of the life of Jesus and the disciples.
One thing I want to point out that we should learn from our Savior to pattern our lives as Christians after His in following through on our responsibilities. In a world where no one puts emphasis on commitment anymore and marriages, children and jobs are abandoned on a whim-the child of God should shoulder up responsibility and depend on God to see us through.
Our writer, John, knew firsthand of all the wonderful things Jesus had done. However, in the passage we have read tonight, there is a statement that is made by the Lord Jesus that may just be the single greatest thing He ever uttered.
So as Jesus was in the process of giving His life as a ransom for sin, the Bible tells us He made this simple statement… IT IS FINISHED!
Consider, IT is a word that is commonly used in many areas of life to point out an object, place, or end of a certain task…
• A Servant’s word used when a task has been completed…IT
• A Priest’s word used when a sacrificial animal was found to be worthy…IT
• A Farmer’s word used when a perfect specimen had been born into the flock…IT
• An Artist’s word used when the final touches have been applied to a masterpiece…IT
BUT when Jesus said IT, He completed with IS FINISHED!
Why is that so great? I’m glad you asked!
You see let me use my imagination to think about the mental checklist in the mind of our Savior as He hung between two thieves on an old heavy wooden cross that He had to carry Himself.
? First, I accomplished transfiguration…giving up my Spiritual body to slip through 42 generations into the womb of a virgin. ..DONE! IT IS FINISHED
? NEVER BEFORE AND NOT SINCE Despite all efforts, has man been able to defy scientific limits and turn water into wine but I DID! IT IS FINISHED!
? In a phenomenal mathematical equation I multiplied 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread equaled 5000 men fed -not counting the women and children with leftovers, first time-only time…IT IS FINISHED!
? With power over nature all meta-physical limits were broken that day I truly walked on water! Not a cheap tricks with glass and mirrors like the movies-check it off-IT IS FINISHED!
? Shown power over this flesh and defied medical science-healed the sick even a twelve year unsolved issue of blood was finished when she just touched the hem of my robe and called Lazarus from the dead! Check it off=IT IS FINISHED
NOW HERE I AM
? Well. I’ve been beaten till flesh fell from my bones, hung on this old splintered cross ….finished!
? Hanging here I’ve shown pure love asking My Father to forgive my tormentors and persecutors ….IT IS FINISHED
? THIS DAY, I’ve given a free ticket to join me in Paradise to a dying thief hanging next to Me! IT IS FINISHED
? Granted an instant adoption to John, my beloved disciple for the ongoing care of My mother, Mary whom I love because IT IS FINISHED
? I, the one who loves and serves my Father as no other; having lived as man but sinned not…have been forsaken because He couldn’t look at me since Light has no part of Darkness and I His S-O-N was filled with S-I-N and the S-U-N couldn’t shine…NO ECLIPSE NEEDED…IT IS FINISHED
? Left here that all the prophecies be fulfilled have said aloud, I Thirst! Thirsting for a world that doesn’t love Me, thirsting for their redemption,