29 A vessel (jar) full of sour wine (vinegar) was placed there, so they put a sponge soaked in the sour wine on [a stalk, reed of] hyssop, and held it to [His] mouth.
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
In this passage of scripture we see Jesus is about to die. Before Jesus takes his last breath, He proclaims in resounding victory that “IT IS FINISHED!”
Now I would imagine that those standing around the cross did not grasp the significance of Jesus’ last words. Let’s take into account that the last words you speak before you die are considered very important. The last words Jesus spoke before He died ushered in more than words, but revealed the new covenant of grace.
The power of “IT IS FINISHED” has opened my heart to realize this truth is too important to be summed up in one lesson. Therefore, this lesson will be divided into several lessons to fully rest on the richness of God’s grace
The revelation of the new covenant of grace is explained in many areas of the bible, but for this lesson I will focus on Hebrews 7:18-28 which states;
18 So a previous physical regulation and command is cancelled because of its weakness and ineffectiveness and uselessness—
19 For the Law never made anything perfect—but instead a better hope is introduced through which we [now] come close to God.
20 And it was not without the taking of an oath [that Christ was made Priest],
21 For those who formerly became priests received their office without its being confirmed by the taking of an oath by God, but this One was designated and addressed and saluted with an oath, The Lord has sworn and will not regret it or change His mind, You are a Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
22 In keeping with [the oath’s greater strength and force], Jesus has become the Guarantee of a better (stronger) agreement [a more excellent and more advantageous covenant].
23 [Again, the former successive line of priests] was made up of many, because they were each prevented by death from continuing [perpetually in office];
24 But He holds His priesthood unchangeably, because He lives on forever.
25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.
26 [Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting—holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens.
27 He has no day by day necessity, as [do each of these other] high priests, to offer sacrifice first of all for his own [personal] sins and then for those of the people, because He [met all the requirements] once for all when He brought Himself [as a sacrifice] which He offered up.
28 For the Law sets up men in their weakness [frail, sinful, dying human beings] as high priests, but the word of [God’s] oath, which [was spoken later] after the institution of the Law, [chooses and appoints as priest One Whose appointment is complete and permanent], a Son Who has been made perfect forever.
The power of “IT IS FINISHED” meant the wall and restrictions the law created were torn down by the blood of Jesus. Jesus became sin so you and I would become the righteousness of Christ (1 Corinthians 5:21). This ultimate sacrifice of forgiveness and righteousness through Jesus was complete and without fault. No do overs or retakes; just FINISHED!
Therefore, we as believers are to lay down the things that hinder. Why pick up the burden of condemnation when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED!” Why pick up the sorrows of hopelessness when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED!” Why pick up the guilt of past and present mistakes when Jesus said “IT IS FINISHED!”
Why pick up the thought of divorce when Peter wrote, “love covers a multitude of sin” (1 Peter 4:8). Why sink in the depths of lack when the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
Why linger in doubt and unbelief when Jesus said, “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20).
Today, embrace the power of Jesus’ last words before He died. It truly is FINISHED for Jesus did it all so you and I would no longer settle for the crumbs that fell around the foot of the table, but so we as sons and daughters of the new covenant of grace would rightfully take our place at the table of grace.
Eat and be full for IT IS FINISHED!
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To God be the glory, amen.