When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. -John 19:30
“It is Finished”
I uttered words similar to these a week ago, when I turned in a final paper for one of my Doctoral classes. Sheer relief is what I felt. A complete release of stress, knowing there was no more I could do and it was ultimately no longer in my hands. When Christ uttered these words, certainly he, too, was relieved that there would be no suffering, no more pain. As he says, “It is finished” or perhaps better translated, “It’s done, it’s completed.”
Not only is Jesus’ suffering done and over with, but his purpose is now accomplished. Christ mission is finished and is over. He proclaimed the coming of the kingdom of God, shared the good news of God’s love, and embodied God’s love that day on the cross. What Christ did that day, the giving of his life to mend the brokenness and betrayal between God and us, is something we could never do for ourselves. The magnitude of the sin in the world and the great divide between God and us was too great. On this day we call Good Friday, Jesus completed what he was sent to earth to do. And it is because of this, the greatest gift, that nothing can separate us from the love of God—-not even our own deaths.
So, as we sit in these hours of darkness, let us remember that in this ending of Christ’s life a new beginning has begun for us.