To the cross.
To the resurrection.
Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
John 19:28-30 NLT
It was a dark day when they crucified Jesus on the cross. The heavens felt the pain and sorrow as the Son of God gave up his life. The earth felt it too with the creator giving up what was most precious to Him to cover the sin of mankin. And, mankind felt it as well and we still do as we take a moment to reflect on the death of our Savior. Unjustly accused. Whipped. Beaten. Spat on. Nailed to a tree. Hanging above the city for all to see like a criminal. What was his charge? What was his crime to receive such harsh punishment? He was guilty of taking on the payment for the sins of you. The sins of me.
His mission was now finished. He had done what he set out to do. This final step on his earthly journey was finished. It had cost him everything. Everything. With a crack of thunder and a strike if lightning it was over. Human beings would never be the same. If we are willing to lay down our lives to the one who paid the ultimate price, it could be finished for us, too. No longer could sin hang over our heads if we asked for forgiveness. If we accepted redemption. Nothing we could do would ever be enough because this Jesus, on the cross, was enough. Enough to redeem the darkest place with light. Enough to forgive the ugliest sin if we ask. Enough to cover the deepest of scars with love.
God’s love. John 15:13 says, "There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” As we stand today in the shadow of this cross, there is no purer truth. Love is always demonstrated when it is challenged to action. No greater love can be found on this earth than the one that gives itself so you can live in freedom. So I can live in peace. So we can live forgiven.
He can’t take it back. We can’t erase it from the history books. We can’t pull out those pages from the Bible. It happened. This story never grows old because love demonstrated its greatest definition right in front of us.
It is finished.