When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
Jesus calls out, “I am thirsty,” so someone soaks a sponge in sour wine and holds it up to His lips. Jesus then says, “It is finished.”
The Jewish leaders ask Pilate if they can hasten the deaths of the men crucified by ordering their legs to be broken. When the guards come to Jesus they discover that He is already dead.
Joseph of Arimathea asks Pilate for permission to take down Jesus’ body. He and Nicodemus then lay the body in a nearby tomb.
In Greek, the phrase “It is finished” is just one word. This word has several profound meanings.
1. John tells us just before this that Jesus knew His mission was nearly completed. The words “it is finished” can apply to this mission of redemption. Jesus has fought the battle and is now victorious in securing salvation for all who trust in Him.
2. It can mean “it is completed or fulfilled,” in this case referring to the kingdom of God being established on the earth. Nothing can stop the gospel now- the kingdom is here.
3. The word was often written across a statement of accounts when the final payment was made. The debt of sin has been fully paid, and there is nothing that can be added or needs to be added to it. Jesus is full payment for every sin ever committed.
Jesus’ death on the cross established the kingdom of God on the earth, completed the mission and achieved full payment for our sins.
Thank you Lord for paying the full price for my sins. It is finished. I don’t have to worry about being punished or suffering your anger. Hallelujah! Amen.