Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled,
Jesus said, "I am thirsty.”
A jar of wine vinegar was there,
so they soaked a sponge in it,
put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant,
and lifted it to Jesus' lips.
When he had received the drink,
"It is finished."
With that, he bowed his head
and gave up his spirit.
- John 19:28-30
When the world was made, God didn’t snap His fingers and light appeared. He spoke: “Let there be light!” and simply, there was light.
Words often are overlooked. Words and how they are spoken are etched into the fabric of our very beings. We can remember the loving words our families speak, the words our teachers taught, and even lyrics to the soundtracks of our lives. Yet, even knowing the power of these words; we praise and yet criticize with the same lips. The bible calls this life and death.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits
- Proverbs 18:21
My children were out riding their bikes the other day and my oldest began to get restless. The time had come for afternoon “rest time.” I was getting things picked up and I said: “Girls, get your bikes and put them away!” My oldest, immediately frustrated, began to speak: “Why, do you always say, Finished. What does it is Finished mean?” Continuing on the conversation I shared with her that finished means done, nothing else can be said or added. Those words coming out of my mouth stopped me in my tracks. “It is finished!”
I began writing:
“My broken heart began to beat,
when His bloodstained body reached to me...”
These three words that I’ve known my entire life became a water color picture before my eyes. The movement, the mystery - how could I have made these three words have less value.
Finished by definition:
1. ended or completed.
2. completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items.
3. polished to the highest degree of excellence: a dazzling and finished piece of writing.
4. highly skilled or accomplished: a finished violinist.
I love how every definition can apply to the picture of the cross. With these words: “It is finished!” Our Savior ended the scene. He spoke and the crucifixion was completed. His sacrifice given. The perfect detail he provided, no one or nothing else could have made this moment perfect. He was the highest degree of excellence. The spotless lamb.
He became sin, who knew no sin...
- 2 Corinthians 5:21
He was highly skilled, the son of God. He was born to die. These three words condemned our sin; our pain and shame were doomed with the very breath that He used to free us from ourselves. His gift of life and the three words that sealed our fate:
“It is Finished!”