“John 19:28-30 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Finishing! This is one of the hardest things for man to do. Man is a great starter, we are quick to embark upon things that need to be done but lack the strength many times to carry it through. Man though his intentions are true and sincere lacks the ability to finish what he starts. In our life we are tempted to quit so many times because of the odds and enemies that have come to stop our successes in God. If you feel like quitting remember that Jesus was tempted in every point as we are yet without quitting! He felt like quitting but pressed to victory. It is finished is not a cry of defeat but a cry of relief, victory and fulfillment. He received the vinegar and died. He received not the drugged vinegar that he was offered before but the bitter dregs of the unfinished works and plans of man and finished what we could never accomplish. He took the bitterness of defeat and transformed it into a finished victory. He so imbibed our defeats against sin, 2 Tim 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
1. SALVATION IS FINISHED Those three words, “It is finished” come from one Greek word tetelestai. “The word tetelestai is unfamiliar to us, but it was used by various people in everyday life in those days. A servant would use it when reporting to his or her master, “I have completed the work assigned to me” (see John 17:4). When a priest examined an animal sacrifice and found it faultless, this word would apply.” The word means, “It is finished, it stands finished, and it always will be finished!” “These words specify not the end of Jesus’ life, but the completion of His task. The verb tense is perfect. “It is finished!” The purpose of His hour has been completed, and the consequences of His work are enduring.” Col 2:13-15 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (NIV) Rom 10:3-4 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. (NIV) His blood finished our sin!
2. SATAN IS FINISHED Our redeemers glorious cry of “It is finished” was the death knell of all the adversaries of his people his people! Ps 76:3 There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah. Ps 105:1-5 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. 2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. 3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. 4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore. 5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; (KJV)
3. SELF IS FINISHED Rom 6:6-12 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. 8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. 10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. 11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.(KJV) Repentance means that I own responsibility for my part in what was unsatisfactory behavior. I accept responsibility for my part in what is and what will be new behavior. Repentance is owning responsibility for what was, accepting responsibility for what is, and acting responsibly now. It is responsible action. It is not a matter of punishing ourselves for past mistakes, hating ourselves for past failures, and depressing ourselves with feelings of worthlessness. Repentance is finishing the unfinished business of my past and choosing to live in new ways that will not repeat old unsatisfactory situations. In the full Christian meaning of the Word, repentance is a process. It is a thawing out of rigid lifestyles into a flowing, moving, growing, repenting process. Are you close to quitting don’t give up! Are you discouraged as a parent? Don’t give up! Hang in there! Are you weary with doing well? Don’t give up! Do just a little more! Are you pessimistic about your job? Roll up your sleeves and do it again. Tired of believing? Hold on with a little more tenacity. Are you at the end of your rope? Tie a knot in it. Is there no communication in your marriage? Give it one more shot. Can’t resist temptation, Accept God forgiveness and go one more round. James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 2 Tim 4:7-8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
4. ACCESS TO THE HOLY OF HOLIES A. Because of Christ’s Death We Have Access to God “No one was allowed access to the holy of holies but the High Priest on the Day of Atonement which occurred once a year.” The Day of Atonement which occurred “on the 10th day of the 7th month (Tishri, September/October).” was to serve “as a reminder that the daily, weekly and monthly sacrifices made at the altar of burnt offering were not sufficient to atone for sin. Hebrews 10:11 – 11 And every priest stands gministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. “On this one day in the year, atoning blood was brought into the holy of holies, the divine throne-room, by the high priest as the representative of the people.” “The high priest…first sanctified himself by taking a ceremonial bath and putting on white garments (Lev. 16:4). Then he had to make atonement for himself and other priests by sacrificing a bullock (Num. 29:8). God was enthroned on the MERCY SEAT in the sanctuary, but no person could approach it except through the mediation of the high priest, who offered the blood of sacrifice. After sacrificing a bullock, the high priest chose a goat for a sin-offering and sacrificed it. Then he sprinkled its blood on and about the mercy seat (Lev. 16:12, 14, 15). Finally the scapegoat bearing the sins of the people was sent into the wilderness (Lev. 16:20-22). This scapegoat symbolized the pardon for sin brought through the sacrifice (Gal. 3:12; 2 Cor. 5:21). B. Because of Christ’s Death All Sacrifices Are No Longer Needed (Heb.10:12-18) “Christ’s sacrifice is effective because it removes sin, which the other covenant could never do. The New Covenant went from daily sacrifice to one sacrifice, from ineffective sacrifices to the one perfectly effective sacrifice.
What does Jesus death mean? No more sacrifices, no more sin bearing, no more curse for the chosen of God! “It is finished!” “The entire work of redemption has been brought to completion.” It provides:
Atonement for Sin Access to the Holy of Holies Acceptance by God Assurance of Salvation