After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst". A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "it is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit - John 19:28-30
There is perhaps no more appropriate verse on which to reflect on Good Friday than the above. It is finished. It is remarkable how so few words can mean so very much. The wrath of God against those covered by Jesus? It is finished. The unending feeble efforts of humanity to fix ourselves and make ourselves acceptable to God? It is finished. The curtain of the temple was torn in two, which signified the removal of the separation between God and His people. It is finished.
When Jesus uttered those words and gave up his spirit, the doors to the kingdom were thrown open. The distinction between Jew and Gentile was obliterated. No longer did one have to depend on lineage or ritual to secure a place in God's people. People from every nation are invited in. Because of what Jesus accomplished on that cross, we know the end of the story. Sin, death, and evil will ultimately be destroyed and we will spend eternity in perfect relationship with God. Knowing what we are saved from, and what we have to look forward to, means wanting to see others share in that joy. Praise God, it is finished.
- Tim Gillen