Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

It is Finished!

Written By: richardwcraver - Mar• 22•14

I came across a quote by Tony Evans on Facebook the other day, it goes like this.

Jesus didn’t say, “I am finished.” He said, “It is finished.” He was just getting started.

And although I suppose it was a line pulled from a sermon, which I have not heard, it got my mind spiraling, thinking of the implications of it.

First of all I think of the ‘it’ of which Christ spoke. To put it in context the passage is from John 19:28-30

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. – NIV

The ‘it’ he was speaking of was the cause that he came to earth to fulfill. He presented himself as a substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of the world.

Many today do not fully comprehend the need for sacrifices as those of that day did. Since the beginning of recorded history those that followed God made sacrifices as a covering for their sins. It was first demonstrated by God in the Garden of Eden when he killed animals and made coverings for Adam and Eve to hide their nakedness.1 Sacrifices were also made as symbols of Covenants between God and Mankind. Between Abraham and God when God asked Abraham to kill his beloved son Issac, from whom God had promised to make a great nation. God did this as a test of Abraham and did not allow Abraham to follow through, instead he provided a ram, caught in a thicket, ‘as a substitute’. This was a foreshadowing of Christ, God’s only, beloved son becoming the substitutionary sacrifice for mankind.2

After God delivered Issac’s descendants from Egypt, he delivered to Moses the Law in the book of Exodus and Leviticus. It is part of what the Hebrews call the Torah. In the Law were detailed the acts that God saw as Sin, and the prescribed Sacrifices, or Punishments. But keeping the Law could not save anyone from sin, it only covered, or atoned for sin. Day and night the fires of the individuals offerings were burned on the altars of sacrifice. Yearly on the Day Of Atonement3 a special sacrifice was made corporately for the sins of Israel. The Law was given to make mankind aware of their sin and how it put enmity between them and God.4

So…when Jesus declared from the cross, “It is finished.”, what was finished? Sin’s dominion over mankind was finished. He, being sinless, fully God and fully man, had become the ultimate sacrifice to atone for our sins. He forever covered the sins that no number of bulls, lambs, doves or goats could atone for.5

The battle was over, infact the war is over, but Satan still fights for the souls of men and women. The fight now is to keep men and women from accepting God’s gift, the gift of forgiveness and the gift of eternal life.6 Gifts have to be accepted. God’s gift is accepted by acknowledging that one is a sinner, repenting (turning from) of known sin, asking forgiveness and asking to receive the gift.

Oh, and that part about not being finished? Jesus, Son of God, today is our intercessor with God the Father. Presenting those that have accepted his gift as blameless and righteous before God.7

Therein rests my hope. MakeHimFamous

1 – Genesis 3:1-21

2 – Genesis 22:1-19

3 – Leviticus 16

4 – Galatians 3

5 – Hebrews 2:1-18

6 – Romans 6

7 – Romans 8

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