A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
A lot of people are caught up in works-righteousness, whether they know it or not.
‘If I could just…go to…do…say…be…then that would be enough…‘
The last word here is one of completion, utter completion.
It is finished means exactly that, it is complete, totally complete.
It is finished means that there is no more work to do to be reconciled to God, there is no more work to do to pay the debt that our sin has accumulated.
It is finished means that there is nothing to be done anymore.
Friend, there is nothing left for you to do but believe; not go, do, say, or be. Believe in Him. Believe Him when he said “It is finished“. This was not the exasperated cry of a criminal getting what their deeds deserve, this was a triumphant shout of victory. In the original language of the New Testament, it’s one word,
‘Te-tel-es-tai’ = It is finished.
It means the bill has been paid in full, literally.
Rest in this truth!