It is Finished!

On a Friday like this one about 2000 years ago, Christ was hanged on the cross at about 9 O’clock in the morning (Mark 15:25). From noon to about 3pm, darkness engulfed the land and Christ bore the wrath of God on behalf of his people (Luke 23:44). Theologians call this penal substitution of vicarious atonement.

As he who knew no sin became sin for us on that old rugged cross (2 Cor. 5:21), for first time in his life, he experienced a broken fellowship with his Father. This is why he cried, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). For first time in his life the Son could not call God the Father, “my Father.”

In summarizing what Christ went through on the cross, one of the old Christian Creeds, the Apostles creed says that Christ “descended into hell.” It was hell that Christ suffered the last three hours of his life. Of course all his earthly life was marked by suffering but this was the climax of it all. And it was all for our sake. What amazing love!

Then after paying the full penalty for our sin, drinking the cup of God’s wrath to the final dregs, and knowing that all was now finished, Jesus cried out again, “It is finished.” Then he voluntarily gave up his life (for no one could take it from him) and said, “Father in your hand I commit my Spirit.” (Luke 23:46).

The phrase, “It is finished,” means a lot to every person who is in Christ.

  1.  Christ’s work of expiation is finished: By that we mean Christ has taken away the guilt of our sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21).
  2. Christ’s work of propitiation is finished: By that we mean Christ has fully appeased God’s wrath; therefore, we are no longer children of wrath but God’s own dear children (Eph. 2:4; John 1:12).
  3. Christ’s work of reconciliation is finished: By that we mean we have been reconciled to God and God has removed the enmity that existed between us and him (Col. 1:19-20; Romans 5:10-11).
  4. Christ’s work of redemption is finished: By that we mean Christ has paid his own life as a ransom to redeem us from the bondage of sin (1 Peter 1:18-19).
    5. Christ work of conquest is finished: By that we mean Christ has conquered sin, Satan and death (Col. 2:14-15; 1 Cor. 15)

Friends, “It is Finished!” This is why there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1). It is for the same reason that Paul affirms that there nothing in the whole world that can separate us from the love of God in Christ (Rom. 8:31-39).

God’s blessings in Christ as you meditate on what Christ accomplished for us on the cross.

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