It Is Finished
By Sonia Salfity
“When He had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, He bowed His head and gave up His Spirit.” John 19:30
A 24-hour stomach flu felt like “the valley of death.” Feeling disoriented, depleted, dizzy, and not knowing if I’d make it to the bathroom in time. During this humbling state I begged the Lord to take this “cup” from me. As I laid on our bathroom floor at 3:00 am in complete surrender I asked Jesus how He chose to endure Calvary. With one word He could have ended the suffering yet He chose to surrender to the Father’s will. He chose to finish well but not without suffering well.
His sacrificial love for us was bigger than His desire to preserve himself. His strong finish changed the trajectory of billions forever. The suffering and rejection Christ endured guaranteed that our suffering on this side of heaven isn’t without hope. Christ has gone ahead of us, secured our spot, and prepared the way.
My mind isn’t big enough to wrap itself around this divine love that loved us to His dying breath. A love that took a last sip from a bitter cup to ensure our eternal cup would be sweet and overflowing. His victory over death sealed our victory and salvation.
The next time you feel helpless, rest in that sacred place of grace Jesus provides. May your cup overflow with the knowledge that your suffering is temporary and your brighter tomorrow is just around the corner. This is the promise that Jesus gifted us when He died to give us life. It is finished.
Sonia Salfity is child of God born in Lebanon and raised in Jordan till the age of 16. She serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team as a writer and social media host. She graduated with a BA degree in Mathematics-Computer Science from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. She's been married for 26 years and is a mother of 3 children. Sonia works part time at her husband's Cardiology office in Omaha. She serves as a Stephen Minister at her local church and teaches Arabic and English Women's Bible Studies. She writes two monthly columns one of which is in Christian Divine Perspectives for a family magazine in Jordan.
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