It is FINISHED, so be made COMPLETE!
March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment
Below is an article that I wrote in honor of Great Friday, enjoy!
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. -John 19:30
Today is a day that we all hold in reverence as we observe the day that our Passover Lamb was led to the slaughter so that we can be made justified in Him. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ is immense. He lived a flawless, sinless, law-fulfilling life, and His payment was death by execution on a cross. Of course, His life was not taken from Him, but rather He gave it of His own free will.
When He was nailed to the cross he experienced separation from God (so that God would never forsake us), became the curse of all the sins from all the sinners who had ever lived and would ever live (so that the curse of sin would be broken over our lives), and ultimately was sent to Hell (so that anyone who believes in Him can have eternal life in Heaven). Think about that last one for a second… Jesus did not just die for your sins, He went to Hell in your place. The One who knew no sin, became sin, paid the penalty of sin (death), and descended to the fiery pit of Hell.
That is humbling.
But Jesus gives us a hint, through His pain, blood and tears, that He knows something. You see, Jesus is the only person who lived in Heaven before coming to Earth. He Is the Lamb that was slain from the foundations of the world. He knew that he would suffer this brutality before he entered into Mary’s womb. He knew the end from the beginning.
It’s odd from a human perspective that just seconds before Jesus gives up His Spirit that he says, “it is finished.” The word that he used was the Greek word teleo, meaning to bring to a close, finish, to end; to carry out the contents of a command; to perform the last act which completes a process, to accomplish, fulfil. This is the picture of a command being given, and someone going over every detail to ensure that it gets done, totally, with nothing more to be done.
This is beautiful. Jesus knew before he had descended that He would ascend. He knew at payment for all corruption that there would be a victorious ressurection.
Because He said that “it is finished,” we can now rest in the full knowledge that we no longer have a price to pay. The price for our righteousness has been fully paid, and that is Jesus’ amazing Grace.
But there is more. With the knowledge that it is finished, now you and I can be completed. There is another Greek word which we render completed, pleroo, which means to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full; to cause to abound, to furnish or apply liberally; to make complete in every particular, to render perfect.
This word is used by Peter in his sermon at Pentecost (quoting David’s psalm):
You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full (or completed) of joy in Your presence. -Acts 2:28
How awesome! When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, literally the Spirit of Jesus, we can be made full (complete, filled to the full, abounding, perfect in every way) with joy in His presence.
Friend, if you have believed on Jesus as your Savior, He now resides in you, which means that His presence is forever with you. You are not alone, but instead you are made perfect and can be abounding in Joy in His presence. Praise God! Embrace His Holy Spirit. Be made complete in Him.
So while we hold this day in holy reverence, we have no need to be sad for Jesus, for He gave His life, finishing the work, and we can rejoice in the victory that He supplies in His ressurection.