DONE. | John 19.28-30
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 | ESV
Jesus now sensed the time, that everything that needed to happen had happened – except for one more thing. The Script called for one more cry, and Jesus filled the bill. His line? “Thirsty!” There was a bucket right there full of sour wine (to numb the senses of those suffering). They filled a sponge with it, crammed it on the end of a hyssop branch (used in ancient times by Israelites to smear blood on their doorposts at Passover), and they lifted it to his mouth. After Jesus swallowed that bitter pill, he made this simple pronouncement: “Done.” And with that he bowed his head, yielded his spirit, and he was gone.
MAV (Mike’s Amplified Version)
As you hear the words, “It is finished” spill from Jesus’ lips on the cross; as you see his chest expand and contract in one final gasping breath; as you watch his head bow one final time and see his whole body go limp, add this classic statement from Hebrews to your reflection:
Practically everything in a will hinges on a death. That’s why blood, the evidence of death, is used so much in our tradition, especially regarding forgiveness of sins.
That accounts for the prominence of blood and death in all these secondary practices that point to the realities of heaven. It also accounts for why, when the real thing takes place, these animal sacrifices aren’t needed anymore, having served their purpose. For Christ didn’t enter the earthly version of the Holy Place; he entered the Place Itself, and offered himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. He doesn’t do this every year as the high priests did under the old plan with blood that was not their own; if that had been the case, he would have to sacrifice himself repeatedly throughout the course of history. But instead he sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin.
Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation. Hebrews 9:22-28 | MSG
No more words now.
What do the words, “It is finished” mean to you?
Lord, bathe my heart, my soul, my spirit with those three words: “It is finished.” Show me what they mean, what they could and should mean in my life. And show me how to “amen” them with my life.