IT IS FINISHED
Leslie M. John
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30)
After five utterances that Jesus made on the cross, the phrase “It is finished” is the sixth one that He uttered. This utterance has come to be known as the sixth saying. (cf. John 19:30a).
The word “finished” is a translation from Greek word “teleo” (Strong’s Number 5055), which means “paid in full”. It is a legal accounting term used when the dues are paid in full. Inasmuch as man became a debtor to God by sinning against Him, it was necessary that he be reconciled to God. There was only one way for man to be reconciled to God, and it was by shedding blood on behalf of sinner and the scripture says “…without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” (cf. Hebrews 9:21-22b ESV).
As the Old Testament Laws and sacrifices were not enough to provide atonement of sins of mankind, the only way available for mankind to be reconciled to God, was for the Son of God to come into this world and die on behalf of man.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
It was a debt that only the Son of God could pay; and Lord Jesus Christ paid the price of our sin by shedding His blood upon the cross. Jesus came into this world and died on behalf of us and rose from the dead on the third day.
Thus, Lord Jesus redeemed us from the bondage of sin; but then salvation is available for man only by accepting Jesus as Lord and by believing in heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.
Lord Jesus suffered on the cross on behalf of us, and yet it was a cry of a winner, who came into this world with a definite purpose of fulfilling the desire of the Father. It is the cry of the winner, who accomplished all that He was to do on this earth, according to the wishes of the Father.