John 19:30 “…he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.“
When you develop a Bible reading habit as a young Christian, the tendency is to read to accomplish your daily plan. The daily plan allows to reach not just daily goals, but weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. Reading, especially to those are not avid readers, slowly becomes a chore. Schedules problems, fatigue, monotonous familiarity, etc. will cause you to fall into a dangerous trap. We need to guard our hearts and thoughts to keep the beauty of the Word of God the focus of our personal daily devotions. Many people lose sight of the truths found in the story of David and Goliath because they have heard it, read it, listened to messages on it, and studied it. We tend to over-look the wonders of John 19:30 and the story of the Crucifixion because of our familiarity to it. I just want to mention a few eye opening things found in this phrase.
It: In the English language, “it” is classified as a singular third-person pronoun. Jesus is referring to the atonement. Sin is the transgression of God’s law, and the atonement needs to be given to bring a reconciliation between God and man. “It” is the Blood of Christ that was the perfect atonement. Numbers 17:11 says “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” In the O.T., the blood of goats was only a temporary atonement, but Christ blood sanctifies past, present, and future.
Is: This is process of redemption. The process was that a man had to die and pay for the sins of man. Jesus became a man (1Ti 3:16 “…God was manifest in the flesh…”) and bought us through this process of redemption (Act 20:2 “…the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
Finished: We do not have to work for salvation, because Christ already paid for it. It doesn’t make sense for my dad to buy me a car, and for me to pay for it again. Many continue to try and pay for their salvation, but Jesus paid it all and it is finished. (Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith;Eph 2:9)Not of works…”).
Thank you Lord for the free gift of salvation Christ! It is Finished!