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It Is Finished

"Jesus … said, 'It is finished!' And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. " (John 19:30)

Holy week, a celebration of the highest distinction in the Christian religious calendar. It has crossed through centuries involving multitudes who have been touched of all social classes in all the world. We know that the majority celebrate it as a mere religious formality, without correctly understanding the importance of the pertinent historical happenings. It is all done with a lot of pomp without comprehension of the real spiritual significance of the death and the resurrection of the Lord.

These facts recorded in the pages of History by the Lord, in indelible form, have eternal value. The passion of Christ and His glorious resurrection made possible, in auspicious and incomparable form, the REDEMPTION of the sinner destined to eternal perdition. God be praised for this!

Some of the statements of the Lord have become classic phrases of literature and unforgettable. This one is of transcendental importance: "IT IS FINISHED"! He didn't pronounce it at the anguishing and final hour of His passion in order to declare the end of His human life or of His terrible physical scourging. It was not the declaration of the end of some adventure or of some frustrated good attempt. No! It was, yes, the divine voice, making the glorious statement of the value of REDEMPTION echo triumphally and for all Eternity.

Any WORK intended to be carried out can only be considered as effectively finished when the total execution of the respective project has been completed. Many try but stay in the middle of the way! There are three basic elements which must necessarily happen in order that it may be considered finished:

  1. It must be carried out, in all details, in exact conformity with the project. REDEMPTION was a Work planned in eternity by God and effected, in absolute fidelity to the plan of the FATHER, by his SON - see Ephesians 1:3-7.
  2. It must be done at the right time. REDEMPTION was accomplished in God's time. God does everything at the right time - see John 12:23,27, 31-33.
  3. It must fully attain the desired purpose. REDEMPTION reached the objective planned by God, satisfying Him fully, for it permits the complete restoration of the lost sinner to communion with the Lord and his necessary qualification for the fulfilment of His eternal purpose - see Ephesians 2:11-22.

There are four noteworthy aspects of REDEMPTION which were completed by the Work finished by Jesus Christ, in His passion and His resurrection:

  1. It completed the proof of the LOVE of God - The marvellous frame of REDEMPTION is the FORGIVING LOVE of God, declared in Scripture, personified in Christ, proved on Calvary and in the empty tomb and finally poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which was bestowed on us - John 3:16, 13:1; Romans 5:5,8.
  2. It completed the JUSTICE of God in favour of man - No human religious or philanthropic initiative could justify us before God. Only the competence of Jesus Christ, He who not having known sin, made Himself sin for us so that in Him we might be made righteousness of God, could have justified us in a full, definite and eternal form. - Romans 5:1; 8:1, 31-39; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
  3. It completed the security of ETERNAL LIFE in favour of redeemed man - The condition of man established in his creation to the image and likeness of God, was to be an eternal being. Sin affected this condition, making him mortal. But the Work of REDEMPTION completed the possibility of restoration of this incomparable heritage - John 10:10; 28; Ephesians 2:1.
  4. It completed the HOPE of resurrection of the body of redeemed man - Nothing can be compared to the glorious expectancy of eternity. It is the unquestionable affirmative of the certainty of our victory over death - John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:53-57.

"IT IS FINISHED", divine shout which assures eternal REDEMPTION!