It is Finished!

When Jesus declared on the cross “It is Finished” (Jn 19:30) what did he mean?

Those who look at Jesus with the eye of reason see the cross as final only in his lifetime. But those who look at Jesus with the eye of revelation see the cross as a finished work both in this life and the life to come.

What some of us lack is a deep understanding of Christ’s finished work on the cross.

It is finished means we’re not saved by our performance. The world constantly tempts us to locate our ID in something and smaller than Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ, we base our identity on our performance, on our strengths and weaknesses and on our successes and failures. The Gospel liberates us from ourselves and connects us to Christ’s finished work on the cross.

It’s not Christianity AND your works or your degree or your bank account or your trophies or your reputation. It’s just Christ and Christ alone. The Gospel frees us from the pressure to perform for our salvation and significance. Who you really are has nothing to do with you but in what Christ has finished on the cross. Our identity is not even established in our fallenness but in Christ substituting himself in our place.

When your identity is rooted in Christ, you are no longer bound by the transient things of this world but are set free to spend yourself on giving rather than taking and on serving rather than being self-serving.

The truest definition of who you are is found in Jesus’ words, “It is Finished!”

Grace!

3 comments

  1. Why does everybody say the same thing but try to make it sound better. What Christ did on the cross? Every thing that happened on the cross was written. It was prophesize about in in the book of Psalms chapter 22. read the whole chapter. At the end of the chapter, the last verse in the king James version, it reads (that he has done this) This is equivalent to when Christ said in john 19:30. It Is Finished. This lets you know that while Christ was on the Cross, he was still Teaching. Letting the people know that prophecy

  2. was being fulfilled right before there eyes. They was so blind, that they said is he calling Elijah? Then you have people, pastor and evangelist who would say that God can not look at sin so he turned away from him. How can God turn his back on himself. John 1:1 In the beginning was the word and the work was with God and the word was God. Verse 14 stated that the word became flesh and dwelled among us. Matt 1:23 A virgin shell conceive and shell bare a child and he shell be called Emmanuel. Being interpreted is God with Us.

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