Seven Words From The Cross (Part 4) by Jason Exley
THE SIXTH WORD –
“It is finished” (John 19:30)
This Sixth Word from the Cross consists of one single word in the Greek – “Finished, accomplished.” It was a loud cry that rang out over the the scene. What did Jesus mean? What was finished? Was he referring to his sufferings or his life’s work? Certainly it was those things, but even more. It was the end of an era. The Old Testament contains a long list of prophetic utterances, beginning with the first family of mankind, when God told the serpent in the Garden of Eden that he would “put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel” (Gen 3:15). It was this great conquest that was being enacted. Jesus’ cry was proclaiming his victory over the evil one. In the gigantic struggle between good and evil the Son of Man had suffered grievously but he had finished the work of redemption that his Father had committed to him.It was a shout of victory over sin, death and hell.
THE SEVENTH WORD “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46)
The First Word from the Cross begins with Jesus addressing His Father – “Father forgive” and now it begins the last. God, the Father, had accepted the sin offering made by Jesus, as would soon be demonstrated by his resurrection from the dead. Jesus had come from his Father and to his Father he would return, but first he had to die physically. And so it was that Jesus consciously gave his life. He laid it upon the altar, just as the burnt offering of the Old Testament which had spoken of the greater sacrifice to come.