IT IS FINISHED
John 19:30, “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, an gave up the ghost.”
May I ask this question? What is finished? What was finished? Once a year on the Day of Atonement the 10th day of the 7th month and for some the 1st month, which would correspond with our month of October, on that 10th day of the month the High Priest would take the blood of the innocent substituted that was offered and he alone once a year would take that blood inside the Tabernacle.
He would walk through the outer veil and pass the Candlestick on his left. Then pass the Table of Shewbread on his right, to his right was the Altar of Incense, and then he would approach the second veil called the Inner Veil. He would then walk inside the Inner Veil. Any of the priests could come into the outer room of the Tabernacle where the Golden Candlestick, the Table of Shewbread, and the Altar of Incense abode but only the High Priest could walk through the second veil into the Holy of Holies.
The Holy of Holies was a little 15’ wide, 15’ long, and 15’ high. In that room was called the Ark of the Covenant. This was a little piece of furniture about the size of a Lord’s Supper table. The top of it was pure gold. It was called the Mercy Seat and the High Priest would take the innocent blood of the innocent substitute through the outer veil and through the inner veil into the Holy of Holies where he would sprinkle the innocent blood upon the Mercy Seat.
Then he would walk out of the Holy of Holies and out of the Tabernacle itself to the awaiting public where he would lift up his hands and with a loud voice shout “It is finished!” Letting the people know that once again the sins were atoned for symbolically on that Day of Atonement.
Our Lord Jesus Christ was both the Lamb and the High Priest. As our Lamb He paid the penalty while as our High Priest He sprinkled His own blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven and then He intercedes for the redeemed in Heaven continually.
On the cross our High Priest after He had paid the penalty for our sins shouted, “It is finished!” Now I ask the question what was finished?
HIS SUFFERING WAS FINISHED
The Scripture tells us He endured the cross and the joy that was set before Him was the resurrection but between Him and the resurrection was the suffering of Calvary. The Bible says Jesus endured the cross then He cried, “It is finished!”
Jesus will feel no more the cat of nine tails with the lashing and tearing of His flesh. He will feel no more the nails in His hands and His feet. He will feel no more the spear that pierced neither His side nor the crown of thorns that invaded His brow. He will never be despised and rejected by men again. No synagogue will cast Him out again. No judge will wrongly try Him. No angry mob will scream, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him” and “Release Barabbas, Release Barabbas!”
No more lonely nights on the Mount of Olives as he watched the foxes scurry to their holes, the birds fly to their nests, and the Son of man had no place to lay His head. There will be no more rocks for pillows. No more kiss of betrayal from one of the twelve. No more Scribes and Pharisees to attack Him verbally.
Never again will He cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Never again will He look up ad see the back of His Father as His Father turned away from His own Son. Never again would He dip His own soul into Hell to be payment for the sins of the world. Never again will He be acquainted with grief for He will forever be praised by saints, served by angels, and adored by His Father. IT IS FINISHED! What does it mean?
SINS’ PAYMENT WAS FINISHED
Jesus paid it all and all to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, but he washed it white as snow. The old account was settled long ago on the cross of Calvary.
The first person that went to Heaven in the Bible was Able. Can you imagine how lonely Able must have been? Able had been in Paradise for 4,000 years. Now it was not the place we call Heaven today. It was a place where the saved of the Old Testament waited for the sin debt to be paid on Calvary.
Ephesians chapter 4 says that Jesus first descended into the lower parts and led captivity captive. He went into Abraham’s bosom, or Paradise, and took the Old Testament saints and brought them and Paradise to Heaven.
Able along with Moses, Abraham, Joshua, Isaac, Jacob, David, Noah, and all the saints of the Old Testament before Calvary for 4,000 years had been in Paradise waiting for this day so they could go to Heaven.
When Jesus paid the penalty think of the joy when He descended to Paradise and said come on follow Me we are going to Heaven now for the price is paid! The lay away plan is paid in full. IT IS FINISHED! What did it mean?
HIS DREAD IS FINISHED
Every 12-year-old Jewish boy was taken aside and old by his parents what his vocation was going to be for the rest of his life. Each 12-year-old boy began the training for his life’s work at that moment.
At the age of 12 Jesus was in Jerusalem and His mom and step dad missed Him while in fact after traveling several days. When returned to Jerusalem they found Jesus in the Temple asking questions and answering questions. Mary said Jesus your father and I have sought thee sorrowing. Jesus replied Joseph is not my father. Then He said to them, “What know ye not that I must be about my Father’s business.”
Mary was Jesus’ mother but Joseph was not Jesus’ father for our Heavenly Father was the Father of Jesus. Thus, I believe the Heavenly Father had taken his 12-year-old Son and explained to Him what His life’s work was and what His business was to be. What was His business?
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
He came to go to Calvary. Christ Jesus has come to earth to save sinners! Up until this time Jesus had not known what His purpose was so His Father had a talk with His Son. He explained to Jesus that He was perfect and that His blood was perfect blood running in His veins. He explained that He would go to Calvary for He was as much God as though He were not man and was as much man as if He were not God. As God He lived a perfect life but as man He was tempted in all points like all men are tempted.
However, at age 12 I believe Jesus knew all of a sudden that He was going to go to Calvary. We are talking about a junior high boy, a boy in the seventh or eighth grade. Get the picture? Here is a 12-year-old boy who learned all of a sudden that He was going to go to Calvary and die a horrible death.
Imagine what must have gone through His mind when He read Isaiah chapter 53. Picture this with me as he reads this over and over again at ages 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, etc. Can you begin to fathom what He thought? Think about it! A 12, 13, 14, 15 year old boy who every time He attended church read about the coming Messiah and He knew He was that Messiah. He would read of the suffering of the Messiah knowing full well that it was speaking of Himself for He was the Messiah.
He read how the Messiah was going to be crucified and have to deep His soul into Hell! Can you comprehend how He felt? When He read Daniel 9:26, “The Messiah would be cut off” contemplate how he felt knowing that He was that Messiah. The shadow of Calvary loomed over Him all during His earthly life. When He read, “He was bruised for our iniquity” He knew that was His body that would be bruised. When He read “By His stripes we are healed” He knew that it was His body that the cat of nine tails would be ripping His flesh for 39 times. This is a 12, 13, 14, 15, etc, young boy. The shadow of suffering was hanging over His head!
When Psalm 22:1 was taught He knew it was Him of whom it was speaking when it said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus knew it was Him of whom it was speaking. Can you grasp the dread that He as a little boy endured? Can you decipher the fear that attacked Him as a teenage boy for He was in flesh?
When they came to Numbers chapter 21 at church they read about the serpent of brass that was lifted high so that those who had been bitten by a deadly serpent could look up at that brass pole and live. Jesus knew full well that the serpent on that pole was a picture of Him and the one-day He would be lifted up high hanging on a cross of shame to die.
At 12 He knew he would be rejected, tried, convicted, beaten, and end up on a cross at Calvary. Every pigeon that He saw offered reminded Him that the pigeon was only a type of Him. Every lamb he saw offered as an innocent sacrifice He knew that lamb was only a symbol of Him along with every bullock, every turtledove, and every sacrificed ram.
Then in they would come to Isaiah 52:14 and at age 12 He would read that His visage would be so marred that no one would be able to determine that He was human. Mind you all of this was happening at ages 12, 13, 14, 15, etc. He would look at His smooth teenage hands and realize that one-day nails would be driven into those hands. He would look at those teenage feet and realize one-day nails would be in those teenage feet.
Jesus did not start suffering on Calvary for He started suffering at age 12 and for 21 years dreaded Calvary. IT IS FINISHED! What was finished?
THE HURT OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER WAS FINISHED
Back in the fore-ordinate counsel of eternity past God looked down and realized that man was going to sin after He created man. God in His foreknowledge made a plan where by man would not have to go to Hell. Jesus volunteered to go to Calvary to be the acceptable payment for the sins of man and anyone who would trust Him as payment for their sins could come back to the Father.
Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Hebrews 9:26, “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world…”
I Peter 1:20, “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
John 17:24, “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”
Can you envision what it would have been like if the dear parents of one of our staff members Bill Nelson who was killed in a tragic automobile accident if they had know all those years what would happen to their precious son. That is exactly what it was like for God the Father before the foundation of the world.
John 3:16, “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.”
When did God give His only begotten Son? In eternity past and God had to live with that hurt for all of those thousands of years. As time passed the pain became greater and greater and greater until He had to turn His back on His own Son. That’s how much God loves you! God loves man so much that God turned His back on His own Son.
God in His mind watched Judas betray His own Son, the betrayal kiss on Jesus’ brow, the soldiers arrest Him, being sent to one priest then to another, then on to Pilate, and over and over and over again! God in His mind watched them beat His Son over and over and over again.
God in His mind watched them drive those nails into His hands and felt it not just one time but in His mind over and over and over again for thousands of years! When Jesus cried, “IT IS FINISHED!” What was finished?
· His suffering was finished
· His payment for sin was finished
· His dread for Calvary was finished
· The hurt of God the Father was finished
In 72 hours Jesus will rise from the dead and the Heavenly father will be re-united with His Son whose coming home! Never again to be beaten, spit upon, rejected, crucified, or mocked. God the Father never again will have to feel the pain of His Son’s suffering on the cross!
THE LAST HOPE OF SATAN WAS FINISHED
Sorry devil your fate is sealed for sure now! Satan your sentence has been given. Satan your days are numbered! Satan you are consigned to the Lake of Fire forever. Satan all your hopes are dashed! Satan your head is bruised! Satan your sentence is irreversible and unappealable!
The Supreme Court of Heaven has ruled against you and you are doomed to the Lake of Fire. Satan your execution date has been set. The fires of the Lake of Fire are being stoked for you and yours. Satan the death warrant has been signed. Satan your chains have been shortened. Satan the keys to death, Hell, and the grave have been taken from you for IT IS FINISHED!
What is finished? Satan himself is finished and he will die forever in the Lake of Fire! What is finished?
THE STING OF DEATH WAS FINISHED
I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.”
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
IT IS FINISHED! What is finished?
· The suffering of Jesus is finished
· Sin’s payment is finished
· The Saviour’s dread is finished
· The hurt of the Father is finished
· The last hope of Satan is finished