Easter’s Word of Victory – “It is Finished!”

A.W. Pink“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished” — John 19:30

When Christ said these words – “It is finished” – we are given a rest-filled glimpse of the glorious triumph of the cross.  It is said that every cloud has a silver lining.  If that is true, then this darkest of all possible clouds, the death of Christ – has the most beautiful silver lining ever imagined.  Consider that the Cross of Christ has two great sides to it.  First, the cross shows us the profound depths of Christ’s humiliation and suffering. Of course, this is the horrendous cloud. But in the cross we also see the glorious culmination of Christ’s gospel mission.   “It is finished.”  This is the silver lining.

“It is finished.”

The ancient Greeks boasted about being able to communicate a big thought while using few words. “To give an ocean of substance in a drop of language” was regarded as the perfection of a great speech. What the Greeks looked for in a powerful speech is found in these final few words of Christ. “It is finished.” In the original language, it is only one word. Yet in that one word is the entire Gospel of God. That one word contains the ground of the believer’s assurance. That one word describes the sum of all joy. In that one single word, we find the very spirit of all Godly comfort.

“It is finished.”

This was not the despairing cry of a helpless martyr. Neither was it an expression of satisfaction that His sufferings were coming to an end. It was not the last gasp of a worn-out life.  Nor was it the death rattle of a dying man. No, that one word was a thunderous declaration by the Redeemer that everything that He came from heaven to do, was now done. That everything that was needed to reveal the full character of God, was now accomplished. That everything that was required to save sinners, had now been performed—that the full price of our redemption was now paid in full.

“It is finished.” 

The great purpose of God in the history of man was now complete. From the beginning, God’s purpose has always been toward one great end. His purpose had been declared to men in various ways: in shadowy symbols and types, by mysterious hints and through plain speech, through Messianic predictions and through outright declaration. That purpose: to display His grace and to magnify His Son who by his perfect life, suffering, death, and resurrection who create a people in His own image and bearing his own glory. And at the Cross, this purpose was complete.

“It is finished.”

What was finished? Christ’s sacrificial work. It is true that Christ had yet to bear death itself, which was necessary for the making of atonement. But, the wrath of God had been satisfied. When Christ cried out – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” – at that moment, our Savior bore the horror of hell, he bore our sorrows, he bore our iniquities, the judgment of us all fell upon him when Jesus bore the penalty for our sins. At that moment, God received the wrath of God. The three hours of darkness was already past, the awful cup had already been drained, His precious blood had already been shed, the outpoured wrath of God had already been endured. The sacrificial work of the Savior, then, at that moment, was completed.

“It is finished.”

Amen! We take great comfort in this majestic word. The King has spoken. Our rest has been secured. Our sins have been forgiven. Our glory has been won.

“It is finished.”

A.W. Pink (Paraphrased by Tim Melton)

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