S (Scripture) – John 19:28-30 “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”
O (Observation) – Lord Jesus, how surreal to think that the transcendent, infinite King of the Universe crashed into time by becoming a man and walking among us; then, You walked in perfect obedience to the Father while here, completing absolutely everything You were sent here to do. What it must have been like to look around at all of the broken men and women who were persecuting You, and to utter those life changing, transformational words…”It is finished.”
John Gill shares some beautiful insights in his exposition of the Bible about what exactly was “finished” that day:
“…that is, the whole will of God; as that he should be incarnate, be exposed to shame and reproach, and suffer much, and die; the whole work his Father gave him to do, which was to preach the Gospel, work miracles, and obtain eternal salvation for his people, all which were now done, or as good as done; the whole righteousness of the law was fulfilled, an holy nature assumed, perfect obedience yielded to it, and the penalty of death endured; hence a perfect righteousness was finished agreeably to the law, which was magnified and made honourable by it, and redemption from its curse and condemnation secured; sin was made an end of, full atonement and satisfaction for it were given; complete pardon procured, peace made, and redemption from all iniquity obtained; all enemies were conquered; all types, promises, and prophecies were fulfilled, and his own course of life ended: the reason of his saying so was, because all this was near being done, just upon finishing, and was as good as done; and was sure and certain, and so complete, that nothing need, or could be added to it; and it was done entirely without the help of man, and cannot be undone; all which since has more clearly appeared by Christ’s resurrection from the dead, his entrance into heaven, his session at God’s right hand, the declaration of the Gospel, and the application of salvation to particular persons…[gave up His spirit] his spirit or soul into the hands of his Father; freely laying down that precious life of his which no man could take away from him.”
A (Application) – How complete and perfect was the sacrifice You made for us, Lord. There is nothing that we can do to add to the completed work You have already done. Knowing this, we can trust and rely on Your efforts rather than our own. You beckon us to come and follow You, because You have already made the way for us. We don’t have to try and earn our way into close fellowship with You – You invite us into that loving, abiding relationship based on what You have done for us, not what we have done for You. We are then empowered by You to accomplish all that You have for us by serving others and moving Your kingdom forward on earth with love and truth.
P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, thank You, Most High God, that You loved us so much that You gave Your only Son to die in our place. He is the Mediator of a new covenant (Hebrews 9:15), and “by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).” May we rest in the assurance that You love us, finished the work of redemption for us, and now have called and equipped us to walk with You each day until You call us home.