A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put
a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and
held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine,
he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and
gave up his spirit. (John 19:29-30)
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
“It is finished.”
With these words Jesus announces the completion of his work.
In the Greek of the New Testament “It is finished” does not mean “It’s over; this is the end; I’m done for.” It is finished means “It is completed; it is perfected.”
But what is completed on the cross?
Twice in Chapter 1 of the Book of John, John the Baptist calls Jesus
“The Lamb of God”
(John 1:29, 36)
And what does Jesus, the Lamb of God, do?
John tells us,
“This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29)
When Jesus says,
“It is finished”
he is saying
“My death takes away the sin of the world.”
Nothing else needs be done.
Article XX of The United Methodist Articles of Religion puts it this way:
Article XX — Of the One Oblation of Christ, Finished upon the Cross
The offering of Christ, once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone.
You do not have to do anything to earn God’s forgiveness. In Christ, your sins have been wiped away.
All that is needed is to
“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:31)
In what ways can you allow your belief that Jesus has indeed taken away both your sins and the sin of the world guide your actions today?
Almighty God, who in the passion of your blessed Son made an instrument of painful death to be for us the means of life and peace; grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ that we may gladly suffer for his sake; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
PS: Tonight, I hope you will join your church family in a special
livestream worship experience
I hope that, in the same way Jesus shared a meal with his disciples, you will share a meal with your family and then participate in worship together.