Words From the Cross- Part 6

“It is finished” (John 19: 30) was the triumphant shout of victory Jesus made near the end of His suffering on the cross. The significance of this declaration can hardly be overstated—what Jesus finished was not only the act of sacrificial atonement for our sins, but the total reason for His being among us in the world had been accomplished. The totality of Jesus’ finished work cannot possibly be numerated here, but some of the accomplishments are:

  • He perfectly obeyed His Father to the very end of His life.
  • Prophesy was fulfilled
  • The law was completely fulfilled
  • No more sacrifices were required because Jesus became the perfect and final sacrifice; the sacrifice that fully redeemed us from sin. Jesus lived His entire life without sinning, which enabled Him to be a perfect, “spotless,” and acceptable sacrifice.
  • 1 John 3:8 says that Jesus came to “destroy the works of the devil,” which was accomplished. The authority of the devil over the redeemed had been vanquished!
  • Jesus would no longer have to endure the limits of space, time, and self-limitation
  • Death was defeated and eternal life was possible by grace through faith in Jesus Christ

The fact is, Jesus was in control of how He endured his crucifixion from start to finish. Furthermore, as He declared in John 10:18, Jesus was never subject to the capricious will of His enemies or of Satan himself: