It Is Finished!

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30 HCSB

When I worked for the Missouri Baptist Convention I was responsible for a youth camp called Youth Development Week. Because of the popularity of the camp the numbers dictated we have three different groups. Each group had approximately 500 students and leaders. I had a team of student ministers who helped with all of the planning and details for the week. As the first group of students left at lunch time, the next group came in that afternoon. It was a huge undertaking and a lot of fun. When the last group of the week left and everything was packed up and ready to go, there was a palpable sense of relief – it was finished! With it came a great sense of accomplishment.

When Jesus said, “It is finished!” He had completed the task God the Father had sent Him to accomplish. The Greek term that is used indicates abiding, lasting results. It was more of a victory cry. Jesus was obedient to do His Father’s will. All prophecies had been fulfilled. John records that Jesus “gave up” His spirit. This is another indication that Jesus was in total control and He willingly gave His life for the sins of all mankind.

Challenge: What does God want you to do? Be faithful and obedient to follow His plan for your life.

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