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
When I was younger, I used to love Saturday mornings. It was an opportunity to have a lie-in, enjoy a cooked breakfast and listen to some of the finest Lover’s Rock whilst my Mum did the housework. Something else I loved to do on a Saturday morning was watching WWE, more specifically Smackdown. From 10 am – 12 pm my eyes would be glued to the TV screen watching my favourite wrestlers, such as Stone Cole Steve Austin and The Rock trash talk and beat up their competitors. Whilst I was drawn to both men because of their charisma, confidence, swagger and overall fighting style. There was something that stood out for me in both of them and that was their finishing moves. Whether it was the Stone Cold stunner or the Rock Bottom or People’s Elbow, when either of these greats lined up their opponent ready to deliver their signature move, I knew the fight would be soon coming to an abrupt end and that it was just a matter of time before the referee counted 1-2-3, while their opponent was on the canvas. Once that all famous final move had been delivered, the fight was truly finished.
Good Friday is our opportunity to celebrate the delivery of another finishing move. When Jesus died on the cross and announced, “It is finished” He was making a self-declaration of victory. When He breathed that final breath, he had confidence that what He had come to accomplish had been completed. Our redemption was complete, our salvation was secure and the restoration of our relationship with the Father had been fulfilled.
My prayer for us all today, is that despite the times we find ourselves in, where loved ones are dying, family members are losing jobs and the country is in lock-down, we will cling on to the fact that “It is finished”, our redemption has been paid for and there’s nothing, not even a worldwide pandemic that can change that. So be encouraged brothers and sisters, despite how you might feel or what you might be going through. Maybe you’re feeling depressed, helpless, lacking confidence or self-esteem. Maybe you are lonely, been written off, rejected, talked about or struggling with a physical or mental illness. Whatever it is, it is temporal and what Jesus did for you 2000 years ago has given you an eternal victory over every temporal barricade or situation in your life. So, look to Jesus, thank Him for His sacrifice, for it is because of His willingness to die, that you will never have to. It is finished, the enemy has been defeated, he is out for the count and you are victorious! Hallelujah, what a saviour!! t enemy has been defeated, he is out for the count and you are victorious! Hallelujah, what a saviour!!