Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30
What did Jesus mean when he said “It Is Finished”? Some would say “all of our sins were washed away”, some might say “Death was defeated” And these things are true , however I believe there is also a deeper meaning that we might not be considering
The original Greek for “It Is Finished” is to end, to fulfill, to pay, to complete
So what is Jesus fulfilling? What is he paying? What is he completing?
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20
Jesus said that his blood shed for us would be a “New Covenant”. This is the New Covenant that was fortold in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 36)
A covenant is a contract. The old Covenant (Contract) has been fulfilled, completed. On the cross Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, IT IS FINISHED
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17
Jesus said he has Fulfilled (Finished) the Law and the Prophets (Old Covenant) The contract has been completed by the works of Jesus Christ. No longer are we bound by the Law because Christ has Finished or Fulfilled the contract
When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. Hebrews 8:13
So when Jesus said IT IS FINISHED on the cross, he has freed us from the penalty of death from The Law. Is The Law abolished, NO, it has been fulfilled by Christ. If your not saved by the blood of Christ, you are still under The Law
However those who repent and put their trust in Jesus have been set Free, IT IS FINISHED
At the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “E loi , E loi , lama sabachthani ?” which is translated, “M y G od , M y G od , why have Y ou forsaken M e ?”
MARK 15:34 NASB
So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” John 18:4
Judas sold out Jesus for the world. Judas had his opportunity to be in the inner circle of the Son of God, he got to witness miracles first hand, he even got divine revelation and teachings directly from Christ himself. However this wasn’t enough for him, Satan planted the seed of greed and jealousy into his heart, and he gave up his mortal soul
So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:6
Notice when Jesus revealed who he was, everyone immediately fell to the ground. This wasn’t just believers, this was Roman soldiers, this was Pharisees, this was officers of the Roman empire. Every knee will bow and tongue will confess Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, even the most wicked will eventually bow down to his authority!
So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?” John 18:11
Even though Jesus had the power and authority to wipe out the entire Roman empire, he willingly laid down his life for us to be the atonement for our sins. Jesus was obedient even to death, he didn’t stray from the will of our Father God
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36
What did it profit Judas, to gain 30 pieces of silver, yet to lose his mortal soul? Nothing! He tried to give back the silver and eventually hung himself from the guilt of condemnation. Don’t be a Judas, don’t reject Christ! When you reject Christ , you are killing him on that cross also! Think about It!!
And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Y our hands I commit M y spirit .” Having said this, He breathed His last.
LUKE 23:46 NASB
They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32
Gethsemane is where Jesus came to die, the cross is only the evidence – Leonard Ravenhill
The garden of Gethsemane will kick off a series of events that will eventually take Jesus to the cross. And then ultimately victorious out of the Tomb! Notice Jesus brought his disciples to support him while he talks to the Father. But Christ inner circle was starting to fall apart. Judas left to betray him, Peter was about to deny him 3 times, the Zebedee brothers were arguing who was the greatest, the humanity of the disciples was starting to show
And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” Mark 14:34
Jesus was in great distress, because he knew what he was about to endure for the penalty of our sins. The gospel of Luke says Jesus was sweating blood (Luke 22:44) So how did his disciples react? They all fell asleep! During the most urgent time Jesus needed them, they fell asleep. Just like we are today, where are the “Churches” on fire for the Lord today? They all have fallen asleep with complacency!
And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36
Jesus asks the Father to take this “Cup of wrath” from him, but not Christs will but the will of the Father will be done! Jesus by his obedience took this “Cup of Wrath” upon him because of our sins, not his. Who else could take this Cup? Nobody because Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb of God!
And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Mark 14:41
The Time has Come! For Christ to be betrayed, beaten, and crucified by sinners! Why did this have to happen? Because the wages of our sins is death and Christ is the only one who can atone for our debts!
The Garden of Eden brought sin into the world while the Garden of Gethsemane started the process to bring redemption to the world Amen!
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
LUKE 23:43 NASB
However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:
ACTS 7:48 NASB
While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.” Mark 14:22
The Last Supper, The Lords Supper, or Communion, whatever you want to call it was a sacred event that declared the coming of the New Covenant! Why was Jesus and his disciples having a feast? Because it was Passover and Jesus is the Passover Lamb, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover as the Lamb of God
Jesus said to “Do this in remembrance of Me” taking communion is a sacred time when we reflect on Christ and what he has done for us. As the Apostle Paul says we should “Examine ourselves” (1 Corinthians 11:28) meaning to reflect on our relations with Christ
As Jesus broke the bread he said this is symbolic of his body broken on the cross for our sins. His body he laid out for us as a atoning sacrifice for our sins not his!
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Mark 14:23-24
The wine was symbolic for his blood shed on the cross to cover us of our sins. This is the blood of the Lamb that allowed death to Passover us. Jesus said his blood is a New Covenant which is for many! God and sin has become reconciled
When you take communion, do it in remembrance of Christ and what he has done for You! Examine yourself and get right with God, repent any sin in your life and rejoice in the Lord Amen!
But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
LUKE 23:34 NASB