It Is Finished
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 2 | JOHN 19:28-37
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” John 19:30
“Are you finished with your chores yet?” a mother asks her teenager. Parents know their children are pulled in many directions by their friends, jobs, sports, and other activities. But following through on chores while we’re young can help us learn to meet goals and complete important tasks in life.
Often as adults, however, we may find that we have regrets. Middle-aged parents may wish they’d spent more time with their children. People who become crippled by disease may wish they’d spent less time building a career and more time traveling with friends and building relationships. Some difficulties can’t
be avoided. Life has struggles and setbacks. Still, we do well to make the most of the opportunities we have each day.
Jesus, the Son of God, died one day long ago with the
satisfaction of having completed his life’s purpose. He came to
seek and save the lost, and he accomplished everything needed
for our redemption. Jesus meant it when he said, “It is finished.”
He made forgiveness and eternal life a reality for all who trust in
him. “There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). That’s why today is Good Friday.
As you look to the cross today, be sure to give thanks that Jesus completed his work and fulfilled God’s mission.
Lord Jesus, thank you for this Good Friday, for making my salvation possible. Thank you for loving me. Hallelujah! Amen.
—WRITTEN BY JOHN VAN SCHEPEN