It is Finished!
By Pastor Jim Schoon
KEY PASSAGE: John 19:30
In the Christian faith, today is Good Friday, a day
when Christ-followers recognize the death of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. The meaning of “Good” Friday is reflected in
John 19:30, where we read, “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is
finished.’ With that, he bowed his head
and gave up his spirit.”
Good Friday reflects the love of God for humankind…the love of God for you and for me. The sinful nature of humankind had separated us from God, and it was His desire to be in relationship with us. The only way to re-establish a relationship was to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of the world. As Jesus walked the face of the earth, he showed us what God was like in His love for us. And then he was crucified, with his final words being, “It is finished.”
What was “finished” was the completion of God’s plan of salvation. Jesus had come into the world to show the world what God was like, and to die so that we could experience a relationship with God. In that relationship we would be reunited with a loving heavenly Father. In that relationship with God, we would experience the abundant life that Jesus died for. In our relationship with God, we could look forward to being with Him forever in His heavenly home. All of this was made possible because of “Good” Friday.
The statement from the lips of Jesus, “It is finished,” came from the depths of his being. It was a statement of victory… not of defeat. It was a statement that would allow us to live in hope. It was a statement that reflected the love of God because God’s plan of salvation was finished. The gift of His Son was given to us because He loved us so much. Yes, my friend, you are loved by Almighty God. Yes, it is Good Friday!
Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for this Good Friday and all it means to me. Thank you for the gift of your Son in your wonderful plan of salvation. May your love for me be an energizing force in my life today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.