“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished’”
(John 19:30). 

All of us have unfinished things cluttering up the highway of life.  

                —the half-mowed lawn
                —the half-read book
                —the letter started but never sent
                —the abandoned diet
                —the degree we never finished
                —the phone calls never returned

But it can be much more serious than that.

                —the abandoned child
                —the job we quit in a fit of anger
                —the wrecked marriage
                —the bills never paid
                —the promises never kept

All of us go through life leaving behind a trail of unfinished projects and unfulfilled dreams. How few there are who can come to the end of life and say, “I finished exactly what I set out to do.”

Only one person in history never left behind any unfinished business. His name is Jesus Christ. He is the only person who could come to the end of his life and say—with absolute and total truthfulness—“I have finished everything I set out to do.”

Since Jesus Christ paid in full, the work of salvation is now complete. That is what “It is finished” means.  The debt was paid, the work was accomplished, the sacrifice was completed. The sacrifice was sufficient to pay for the sins of every person who has ever lived—past, present or future. 

And that explains what theologians mean when they talk about the “finished work” of Jesus Christ. That’s not just a slogan; it’s a profound spiritual truth. What Jesus accomplished in his death was so awesome, so total, so complete that it could never be repeated, not even by Jesus himself. His work is “finished.”  There is nothing more God could do to save the human race. There is no Plan B. Plan A (the death of Christ) was good enough.

When Jesus cried “It is finished” it was finished then, it is finished now, and to the glory of God, after a million times a million years have passed, it will still be finished. 

Lord Jesus, you did not provide a “halfway” salvation. You finished the work you came to do. Thank you for going all the way to the cross because without your sacrifice, I would have no hope of heaven. Amen.

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