(Today's post by Chris Queen)

John 19:17-37

But more than anything else, one simple sentence from Jesus’ mouth captures the most important part of the story:

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

“It is finished.” Of course we know that’s not the end of the story; three days later, He would show up alive again. So what was finished? God’s plan of redemption was finished (i.e. made complete) at this moment. The overwhelming power of death and Hell was finished. The final blood sacrifice was finished for those who trust in Him as the Messiah.

This Christmas season, as we focus on the birth of Jesus, we shouldn’t ever lose sight of the fact that Jesus was born to be the suffering servant from Isaiah 53. He was born to be the one forsaken by God in Psalm 22. He was born to bridge the gap between our sins and an intimate relationship with God.

The birth of the Messiah set the completion of God’s plan of salvation into motion. Through Jesus, the sacrifice for sins was finished. Satan was finished off as well. During this busy time of year, don’t lose sight of the power of three words – “It is finished.” After all, that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

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