1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Welcome once again.
3. We are at the very last message on the seven words of Jesus from the cross,
4. and, I want to begin by telling you about an unknown person who wrote the following words:
5. “Socrates taught for forty years;
6. Plato, for fifty;
7. Aristotle, for forty;
8. and Jesus, for only three years;
9. and, yet, in those three years of public teaching,
10. Christ made a greater impact than those great philosophers made in a hundred and thirty years combined.”
11. Jesus painted no pictures;
12. yet, some of the finest paintings of the greatest painters in the world received their inspirations from Him.
13. Jesus wrote no poetry;
14. but the greatest poets in the world were inspired by Him.
15. Jesus composed no music;
16. yet the greatest musicians in the world composed their music in His praise.
17. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble Carpenter of Nazareth;
18. but His unique offering to the human race is the salvation of their souls.
19. Philosophy could not accomplish that.
20. Art could not accomplish that.
21. Literature and music could not have accomplished that.
22. Only Jesus Christ could break the enslaving chains of sin and Satan.
23. He, alone, who paid the price fully on the cross, can speak peace to the human heart.
24. He strengthens the weak and gives life to those who are spiritually dead;
25. and, today, we come to the seventh and the last statement of Christ from the cross;
26. and John is the only one of the four Gospel writers who records this triumphant, concluding cry.
27. Mark 15 said,
28. “Then Jesus gave a loud cry and died.”
29. Matthew 27 states,
30. “Jesus again gave a loud cry and breathed His last.”
31. Luke 23 simply said,
32. “Then Jesus gave a loud cry...”
33. but John, who was there at the foot of the cross, tells us what this loud cry was.
34. Please, if you have your Bible, turn with me to John, Chapter 19, beginning at verse 29.
35. Let us read it together.
36. The original cry, which Jesus gave in His native tongue, was one single word.
37. It is the same in the Greek language --
39. which means, “it is finished,”
40. or, “it has been achieved,”
41. or, “it has been accomplished.”
42. The single word itself is a perfect passive verb.
43. Why is this verb important?
44. Because it means that a purpose has been fulfilled,
45. or, a goal has been accomplished,
46. or, an end has been grasped;
47. but its effect is continuous.
48. The word, here, “finished,” does not mean that it is merely done,
49. but that it is perfectly done.
50. When our Lord Jesus Christ said, “It is finished,”
51. it means that, while the goal has been grasped, yet the purpose of it endures.
52. Jesus died once on Calvary,
53. but the salvation that He accomplished, there, is still audible today.
54. All of Jesus’ life was leading to this cry, “It is finished.”
55. The sum total of His ministry and mission was perfectly completed with this cry, “It is finished.”
56. From His birth, to His boyhood, to His adulthood, to His public ministry,
57. the cry of His life was always, “I must finish the work of My Father.”
58. In Matthew 3:15,
59. when He had a discussion with John the Baptist about who should baptize whom,
60. He said, “Permit it to be so now in order to fulfill all righteousness.”
61. He was saying, “I must finish My Father’s work.”
62. In His temptation in the wilderness,
63. when the devil wanted to divert His attention from finishing the work of the Father,
64. Jesus thwarted the trick of the adversary and refused the convenience and the coercion of Satan,
65. saying, instead, “I must finish My Father’s mission.”
66. In the whole Gospel of John, we sense that Jesus’ entire ministry is heading to a build-up toward that cry --
67. to “finish the work of My Father.”
68. Many times, in the Gospel of John, we read the Lord specifying about “His hour,” “the hour,” “My hour,”
69. as if Jesus had an internal clock that no one else could see,
70. as if He is hearing chimes of a clock that no one else could hear.
71. As early as the second Chapter of John in the wedding at Cana of Galilee,
72. He turned to His mother and said, “Woman, My hour has not yet come.”
73. He was motivated and propelled by this hour—His hour.
74. Why is that?
75. Because God’s hour, God’s timing, God’s appointments, are always perfect;
76. and we, too, must look for God’s hour, not ours.
77. Our hour is, “Lord, we need it and we need it now.”
78. We say, “What is this business of waiting upon the Lord’s hour? We need it now...”
79. but, when Jesus cried out on the cross and said, “It is finished,”
80. it was not a cry of resignation.
81. It was not a cry of sorrow.
83. It was the cry of His birth, His boyhood, His three years of public ministry, have come to perfect completion.
84. “It is finished.”
85. It is not only the early life of Jesus that is summarized in this cry,
86. but all of sacred history was calling for this cry.
87. Abraham longed for this day, and, by faith, he looked forward to it.
88. Moses told the people, “God will raise unto you a Prophet like unto myself...”
89. and Moses looked forward to it.
90. David prophesied about this cry and about this hour,
91. and David looked forward to it.
92. Prophet after prophet has declared the coming hour,
93. and they all looked forward to it;
94. and the cry of the whole Old Testament, as it closes its Chapter, was, “It is not finished.”
95. The very Ten Commandments that were written by the finger of God, Himself --
96. the commandments that convict us and counsel us and condemn us --
97. they end with a cry, “It is not finished,”
98. because no one has been able to perfectly keep the commandments
99. until the Lord Jesus Christ came.
100. Galatians 3:24 and 25 tells us
101. that the Law is a schoolteacher that has brought us to Christ;
102. and, on that great day on Golgotha, the Old Testament came and knelt before Calvary and said, “Now, it is finished.”
103. The word, “It is finished,” was not only the hope of God’s people and God’s Law,
104. it was the fulfillment of all the Old Testament symbols.
105. The Old Testament is like hieroglyphics that only the Lord Jesus Christ provided the Rosetta Stone.
106. The Old Testament Temple, tabernacle and tent were all symbols that God and man would meet.
107. In Mark, Chapter 15, verse 38,
108. we read that the veil in the Temple was torn from top to bottom,
109. because everything that the Temple had stood for was buried with Christ;
110. and, now, you and I are the temples who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
111. The Old Testament symbol of the Passover lamb foreshadowed Christ,
112. and, that is why, on that great day which we call “Good Friday,” when Jesus cried out, “It is finished,”
113. most likely, He was not the only One who said, “It is finished.”
114. Caiaphas, the high priest, who misused the religious establishment, probably said, “It is finished.”
115. The Romans, upon hearing of Jesus’ death, probably said, “It is finished.”
116. Even His Disciples probably said, “It is finished…”
117. but all of their statements are very different from Jesus’ cry, “It is finished…”
118. for when Jesus cried, “It is finished,” the gates of Hell shook
119. and the demons, who had tormented the human race, knew that the hour had come.
120. The hour had come when Satan would say to them,
121. “I haven’t been able to stop Him in the wilderness.
122. I haven’t been able to stop Him in the Garden.
123. It is finished. We are finished.”
124. That cry was heard when the angels rejoiced and said, “It is finished.”
125. Abraham, probably, sang the Hallelujah Chorus and said, “Now, the hour is here that I looked forward to and it is finished.”
126. Moses sung a song, “I have led them out and He led them up. It is finished.”
127. David heard the words, “It is finished,” and he began to write his hundred and fifty-first psalm.
128. The Prophets heard the words, “It is finished,” and praised God that He kept His word of promise.
129. You and I must hear this cry, “It is finished.”
130. Jesus said that the gates of Hell will not be too strong for His church.
131. That is a promise of what He intends to do through His body of believers;
132. and He will do it,
133. for you and I are going to see Christ returning soon;
134. then, we must be able to say, “It is finished.
135. We have accomplished the work that God has given to us to do.”
136. My beloved friend, listen, as I close.
137. This is a word of encouragement to us.
138. You don’t need to faint or be afraid.
139. You don’t need to be anxious or worried.
140. All you need to do is be available to do what He wants you to do,
141. because Jesus said, “It is finished…”
142. and we have finished this series of messages;
143. and it is our prayer that God will use it to bless you richly.
144. Until next time, with a new series of messages, we wish you God’s richest blessing.