It Is Finished!

April 12, 2017

 

 

He had eaten His last supper with His disciples.

 

He had retreated to Gethsemane and prayed.

 

He had been arrested, accused, and sentenced to death.

 

As Jesus was dying on the cross, He called out to the Roman soldiers and said that He was thirsty. In an unusual show of compassion, they took a sponge, soaked it in sour wine, put it on hyssop, and gave it to Him (John 19:28-29). Jesus did not drink deeply, nor were His parched tongue and mouth even remotely relieved. But, in that moment, great symbolism was at work.

 

Hyssop was the plant that had been used to sprinkle a lamb’s blood on the wooden lintel and doorposts of the homes of the Israelites in Egypt for the Passover (Exodus 12:21-22). At Calvary, the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29), consecrated the wooden beams of His cross.

 

In Egypt, hyssop witnessed the beginning of a new life for the Israelites.

 

On Golgotha, hyssop witnessed the beginning of everlasting life for all people everywhere.

 

Scripture was indeed fulfilled.

 

The salvific journey that began with the death of an unblemished lamb in Egypt was being completed with the death of a spotless, sinless Lamb in Judea.

 

Then Jesus proclaimed, “It is finished!” (John 19:30, NKJV)

 

And it was.

 

Mankind’s separation from God had ended.

 

The purpose for the birth, life, and ministry of Jesus on earth was fulfilled.

 

You and I and every other man, woman, and child who comes to the Father through His Son (John 14:6) were saved.

 

Then Jesus bowed His head and died – and His sacrifice was complete.

 

-- Dr. John Morris

 

 

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