It is finished meant that something else was just beginning. The great commission was born as we take the message of the cross into our world. Jesus’ destiny on earth was to pay the debt of our sin on the cross. That’s why he came. And his finish is our beginning…
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
It is finished. These are powerful words of Jesus, spoken in his last breaths on the cross before he gave up his spirit. He gave it up. Meaning that in all of this Jesus never lost control over his circumstances. He was Lord of his destiny.
Jesus’ destiny on earth was to pay the debt of our sin on the cross. That’s why he came. The story unfolds in a manner such that it appears that the religious leaders are responsible for his death through their plotting and scheming. Yet not a thing happens to him outside of Father’s will for him.
This is the cup from which Jesus must drink – the cup to which he submits in his prayer time with his Father.
And when he finally says, ‘It is finished,’ he is saying that the debt has been paid, our sins are accounted for, and he has taken the penalty upon himself. Only once he had fulfilled his mission for us did Jesus then, finally, give up his spirit to the Father and die.
The incarnation was over once the mission of God was accomplished. The emptying of his glory (Philippians 2) was no longer necessary in his death. His power would be evident in his resurrection. And the church age was born, as Jesus left the mission for us to communicate his sacrifice for all.
It is finished meant that something else was just beginning. The great commission was born as we take the message of the cross into our world.