Friday: 19th April, 2019
Reference text: John 18:1-19:42
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
At Mass on Holy Thursday, I heard a song that spoke to my heart prompting me to forward it to some contacts. It’s central message was ‘burdens are lifted at Calvary because Jesus is near’. On Calvary, Jesus opened his arms on the cross and pronounced the words: ‘it is finished’. That is what we can call a closure; where He wrote the conclusion to every remaining chapter in our story.
Any time we read the verses about the passion of Christ, we engage those words in the present tense according to the verb “IS”. Hence, with every encounter with them, we are reminded of what Jesus has accomplished for us. St John Chrysostom puts it this way: ” on the cross, he defeated the ancient enemy. Our swords were not bloodied, we were not in agony, we were not wounded, we did not even see the battle and yet we obtain the victory. His was the fight, ours the crown.
The torment and agonizing pain Jesus endured on the cross was so he could utter these words to our hearing: ‘IT IS FINISHED’. Sadly, many of us are still yet to grasp the meaning of those words of His. So, we strive as though there is an enormous amount of work to be done. We have forgotten that ‘it is finished, accomplished and done’. And because these words are eternally alive and active, we can be sure that the doors to healing have been opened wide, the road to salvation has been provided and a shower of undying love already poured forth.
All the trials, toils and things that stand your way, those unhealthy desires, addictions and bondages; even those subtle sins that remain hidden from the world but are known to God, are all finished. His blood has made the atonement for them all and also made provision for your blessing. Your expected course of action is to engage the word of God.
Remember # ‘It is finished’ heralds the commencement of a new chapter for you.