1. Hello listening friends.
2. We are always glad to know that you have tuned in to listen to this program.
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5. We have been going through a series of messages on the seven statements from the cross.
6. And today we come to the very last of those seven statements.
7. But before I get to that I want to start by telling you something.
8. An unknown author wrote the following words.
9. Socrates taught for 40 years.
10. Plato for 50 years.
11. Aristotle for 40 years.
12. And Jesus taught only for 3 years.
13. Yet the impact of the finished work of Christ’s three years.
14. Infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 130 years of teaching from these men.
15. These men were considered to be great philosophers.
16. But Jesus impacted the world for good and forever.
17. Jesus painted no pictures.
18. Yet some of the finest paintings of Raphael and Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci received their inspirations from him.
19. Jesus wrote no poetry.
20. But Dante and Milton and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by him.
21. Jesus composed no music.
22. Yet Haden, Handel, Beethoven, Bach, and Mendelson reached their highest perfection of melody in hymns and symphonies that they composed in his praise.
23. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble carpenter of Nazareth.
24. His unique contribution to the human race is the salvation of the soul.
25. Philosophy could not accomplish that.
26. Art could not accomplish that.
27. Literature could not accomplish that.
28. Music could not accomplish that.
29. Only Jesus Christ could break the enslaving chains of sin and Satan.
30. He alone who had paid the price fully on the cross can speak peace to the human heart.
31. He alone can strengthen the weak and give life to those who are spiritually dead.
32. Now we come to the seventh and the last sayings from the cross.
33. John is the only one of the four gospel writers who records this triumphant concluding cry.
34. Mark said then Jesus cried a loud cry and died.
35. Matthew states, Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed his last.
36. Luke simply said, then Jesus gave a loud cry.
37. But John who was at the foot of the cross tells us what this loud cry was.
38. Turn with me please to the gospel of John chapter 19 beginning at verse 28.
39. The original cry which Jesus gave in his native tongue was one single word.
40. It is the same in the Greek language which we have in the New Testament.
41. It is “Tetelestai”.
42. It is translated into three words in the English language.
43. It is finished.
44. Or, it has been achieved.
45. Or, it has been accomplished.
46. This single word itself is a perfect passive verb.
47. What does that mean?
48. It means a purpose that has been fulfilled.
49. It means a goal that has been accomplished.
50. It means an object that has been realized.
51. It means an end that has been grasped.
52. But the effect of that great act goes on and on.
53. The results of that accomplishment continues on.
54. The benefits are continuous.
55. The word here finished means here not merely done but perfectly done.
56. When our Lord Jesus Christ said it is finished it meant that while the goal has been grasped, yet the purpose of it endures.
57. Its effect still goes on.
58. When Jesus said it is finished.
59. He made there on Golgotha, on Calvary all that was necessary for salvation.
60. And when we come to the Lord’s table, it is only for remembrance of that great act that was done on the cross.
61. My listening friends, I want you to listen very carefully to this one.
62. All of Jesus’ life was leading to this cry, it is finished.
63. The sum total of his ministry and mission was perfectly completed with this cry, it is finished.
64. From his birth to his boyhood to his adulthood to his public ministry the cry of his life was always, I must finish the work of my Father.
65. In his temptation in the wilderness when the devil wanted to divert his attention from finishing the work of the Father.
66. Jesus thwarted the trick of the adversary and refused the convenience and the coercion and the compromise of the enemy.
67. He said, I must finish my Father’s mission.
68. In the whole gospel of John, we sense that Jesus’ entire ministry is leading to a buildup toward that cry.
69. To finish the work of my Father.
70. Many times in the gospel of John we read the Lord to by saying about his hour, the hour, or my hour.
71. As if Jesus had an internal clock that no one else could see.
72. As if he is hearing chimes of a clock that no one else can hear.
73. As early as the second chapter of John in the wedding at Cana of Galilee he turned to his mother and said, woman, my hour has not yet come.
74. He was motivated and propelled by this hour, his hour.
75. In John 7 and 8 his brothers were taunting him to go up into the feast and declare himself as a prophet.
76. But with dignity and majesty he said, no, my hour has not yet come.
77. Many times his enemies attempted to kill him but they could not because his hour had not yet come.
78. In John chapter 13.
79. In that famous passage about washing the disciples’ feet.
80. We read a sobering statement.
81. It says knowing that his hour had come.
82. That hour is of finishing the work of the Father.
83. There are so many of us who fail again and again in waiting for God’s hour.
84. Let me speak to you very openly my listening friend.
85. You may have been waiting for a promotion at work.
86. You may have been waiting for that husband or wife.
87. Or the job that you have been waiting for.
88. Or the child that you have been waiting for.
89. Or the healing that you have been waiting for.
90. You cry out and say, when is it Lord.
91. And the Lord is saying, the hour has not yet come.
92. You and I need to learn to wait upon God’s hour, not our hour.
93. Because God’s hour, God’s timing, God’s appointments are always perfect.
94. And we must look forward to God’s hour, not our hour.
1. Our hour is Lord we need it and we need it now.
2. And when Jesus cried out on the cross and said, it is finished, it wasn’t a cry of resignation.
3. It wasn’t a cry of sorrow.
4. No, it was the cry that his birth, his boyhood, his three years in public ministry have come to a perfect completion.
5. It is finished.
6. Someone said it is not only the earthly life of Jesus that is summarized in this cry.
7. But all the sacred history was calling for this cry.
8. Abraham longed for this day and by faith he looked forward to it.
9. Moses told the people of Israel.
10. God will raise unto you a prophet like unto myself.
11. And he looked forward to that.
12. David prophesied about this cry and about this hour and he looked forward to it.
13. Prophet after prophet has declared the coming hour and looked forward to it.
14. And the cry of the whole Old Testament as it closes its chapters was it is not finished.
15. The very Ten Commandments that were written by Gods finger cry out it is not finished.
16. These commandments that convicts us and councils us and condemns us and torments us, they end with a cry, it is not finished.
17. Because no one has been able perfectly to keep them or perfectly obey them until the Lord Jesus Christ.
18. And that is why they cry, it is not finished.
19. Galatians chapter 3 verses 24 and 25 tells us.
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20. That the law is school teacher that has brought us to Christ.
21. And on that great day on Golgotha.
22. Mount Sinai came and knelt before Calvary and said it is finished.
23. The words it is finished, wasn’t only the hope of Gods people and Gods law, it was the fulfillment of all of the Old Testament symbols.
24. In fact, the Old Testament is like hieroglyphics and only the Lord Jesus Christ provided the roseate stone.
25. The Old Testament temple, tabernacle, and tent were all symbols that God and man meet.
26. We read in Mark 15:38.
27. That when Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom because everything that the temple had stood for was buried with Christ.
28. And now you and I are the temples who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
29. The symbol of the lamb that is brought and the blood sprinkled on the top of the door and the side posts meant nothing unless you hear the words of Jesus on the cross saying, it is finished.
30. On that great day, which we call Good Friday when Jesus cried out it is finished, most likely he was not the only one who said it is finished.
31. Caiaphas the high priest who prostituted the religious establishment probably said, it is finished.
32. And he went on thinking that he has squelched this man who claimed to be God in skin.
33. The Romans upon hearing of Jesus’ death probably said, it is finished.
34. Feeling that another tenuous chapter in the relationship between the Jews and the Romans had been finished.
35. And they went home confused.
36. Even his disciples after three years of following Jesus and believing that he will bring the Kingdom of God, probably said, it is finished.
37. But all of their finish is very different from Jesus’ cry it is finished.
38. For when Jesus cried, it is finished.
39. The gates of hell shook.
40. And the demons who tormented the human race trembled.
41. These demons could not stop him in the wilderness.
42. They could not get him to sin.
43. They could not stop him in the garden.
44. But when Satan said it is finished it was he and his demons that were finished.
45. That cry was heard when the angels rejoiced and said it is finished.
46. Abraham probably sang Hallelujah and said now the hour is here that I looked forward to and it is finished.
47. Moses probably sang a song, I have led them out but he led them up, it is finished.
48. David heard the words it is finished and he began to write his 151st Psalm.
49. The prophets heard the words it is finished and praised God that he kept his word of promise.
50. You and I must hear this cry, it is finished.
51. We must accomplish the work that God has given us to do.
52. This is a word of encouragement for each of you.
53. You don’t have to wander around aimlessly.
54. You don’t need to faint.
55. You don’t need to have to fret.
56. You don’t need to be afraid.
57. You don’t need to be anxious and worried.
58. All we need to do is be available to do what he wants us to do because Jesus said it is finished.
59. My prayer for you my friend is that you will be able to say when the day comes, it is finished.
60. That you will accomplish Gods purpose in your life.
61. Until next time, I wish you Gods richest blessing.