John19:29-30 Now a vessel full of sour wine was setting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop and put it to His mouth. (30) When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished. And bowing His head; He gave up His spirit.
Sour wine was not the same as the drugged wine that had been offered to Jesus earlier (“wined mingled with myrrh”, Mark 15:23 Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink but He did not take it.)
Jesus did not take the wine because He wanted to die fully conscious. He did take a sip of this wine; one of the agonies of crucifixion was incredible thirst, added to the terrible pain.
(30) It is finished, He gave up His spirit: Having fulfilled every command of the Father and every prophecy of Scripture, Jesus voluntarily died. This was not a cry of exhaustion, but of completion. Jesus had done what He agreed to do..
“It is finished.” These are the words Jesus spoke from the cross. He had accomplished all that was required for His followers to have access to His heavenly home, a place created for His people.
“It is finished” is a statement of love that signifies all Jesus endured and the price He paid to bring us salvation. Jesus suffered and died.
2d Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Brothers and sisters, while God is loving and compassionate. He is also holy and righteous. He will not overlook, tolerate, or ignore sin.
You and I are born into sin, we owe a debt we cannot pay. When Jesus uttered the words “It is finished” on the cross, He signified God’s judgment on a sinful people being satisfied through His death on the cross.
His payment for our sins marked our accounts as “PAID IN FULL.”
Reconciliation between God and man was complete.
It is now up to you and I to accept Jesus’ payment for our sin and surrender our lives to Him completely.
When you and I take this step, we will truly understand the words, “It is finished!”
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not truly have tomorrow. Salvation is a free gift. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries