Thursday, November 7, 2013

What Did Jesus Mean By What He Said On The Cross? John 19:30

The Bible and history record several statements of Christ on the cross, the last words may be the most important.

"When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." John 19:30.

These were the last earthly words of our Lord before he gave up his spirit. It could have more than one meaning...
     * It could mean that the torture of the cross was over in his death.
     * It could mean his life was over.
     * It could mean his mission was over.
     * It could mean the end of the movement he started.
     * It could mean that he did all that was needed to be done to save souls.

Or all of the above.

What Jesus did on the cross for us is all, there is nothing else we need to do. Or else he could not say It is finished.

We cannot add to the finished work of Jesus; not our good deeds or charity or penance or time in purgatory.

His resurrection is the evidence that the death of Christ fulfills the demands of the judgment of sin and that death is conquered. After Jesus gave witness for 40 day to his resurrection he ascended to heaven and sat down at the right hand of God* this is the exclamation mark to the words, it is finished, because he is at rest.

Jesus did the work but we get the paycheck. The fruit of Christ labor is our salvation and that is his glory. We do not do any work but we must receive the gift of the salvation his work accomplished for us.

To learn more about how we must respond to the Gospel see the tab above.

* Mark 16:19, Hebrews 10:12.


Thank you for visiting this blog. I hope these thoughts are helpful for you.

You can find more like this in the most helpful post list on the left sidebar.

You can contact me through comments or the email link. If you live near Columbia MD I would be glad to meet you and discuss how you can know for sure that you may have eternal life.


Use the buttons below to share this with your social networks.