It Is Finished

by Rob Dunne

It is finished by Leslie Richards_Flickr.com_15061235211_49ee486f1a_CC BY-ND 2.0

It is finished by Leslie Richards_Flickr.com_15061235211_49ee486f1a_CC BY-ND 2.0

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30

Trial work is hard. It starts days before jury selection with the drafting of motions, preparation of exhibits and meeting with witnesses. The jury selection process is exhausting as you meet with dozens of potential jurors and ask them the same questions for days on end.

Though exhilarating, the trial itself is demanding.

And when it comes to the closing argument, which is a summation of the case you have presented to the jury, time is a critical factor. You must be cautious to reserve some time  for rebuttal. Perhaps the most nerve wracking part of the trial is waiting for the jury to deliberate and render a verdict. Once that happens, the weight of the world is lifted from your shoulders and you can finally rest.Jesus’ ministry lasted approximately three and a half years. In that time, He taught His disciples about the kingdom of God. Many people were healed of their infirmities. Some however, were made completely whole. Everyone should experience wholeness and not just healing.

The word in the Greek is sozo. It is a word that means “to make well, heal, restore to health. To save or rescue, to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment.” When Jesus died, He accomplished much more than punching our ticket to heaven. He restored our relationship with God the Father. In restoring that relationship, we as sons and daughters, were given divine health, provision and everything we need to have abundant life now.

Before He was arrested and ultimately led to His death on the cross, Jesus prayed to the Father. In that prayer, he said that He completed all of the work that the Father had given Him to do. This was emphasized as Jesus declared, “It is finished” just as He drew His final breath.

Speaking from personal experience, I tend to continue striving and working to please God. My mindset is one that requires me to pray for a certain amount of time each day, read my bible, attend church weekly, pay my tithes and help others. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Jesus paid it all and did it all for me. My role is to simply renew my mind and live life from the other side of the cross where the victory has already been won. I need to be confident in the truth that I have what the bible says I have and to live in a way that demonstrates that.

The bible says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father. He is no longer working to accomplish anything. In other words, He is resting.

In 2017, I want to encourage you to rest in what Jesus has already done for you. If you find yourself striving to receive from God, stop. You already have everything you will ever need for life and godliness. Give yourself permission to soak in God’s presence and be filled with the love that He has for you. When you are able to do that, everything else will fall in to place. After all, it is finished.