“The Work Has Been Completed” -- A Good Friday Reflection by Pastor Chad Veach
“The Work Has Been Completed”
28 After this, Jesus, knowing[e] that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” 29 Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
(John 19:28-30 NKJV)
"it is finished."
The three greatest words ever echoed into the history of humanity.
Obviously, there was so much that went into that declaration.
Before he could finish the work, He had to do the work.
You might be asking yourself…what work did Jesus have to do? Homework? Chore work? Gym work?
What exactly was the work that Jesus had to fulfill?
The work of Jesus was not your average task that He was called to accomplish.
For He Himself was called to become the Savior of the universe.
the Messiah for all.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whomsoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
God’s plan was that through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son… the world might be
saved! This was the work that Jesus was given to accomplish.
Saving the world work.
By the way, the only way this work could be accomplished is through a brutal death on a cross.
I love Jesus.
What a savior.
Jesus says things while on earth like, “the food I have is to do the will of my Father.”
“I only do what the Father tells me to do.”
An obvious quality of Jesus was His complete abandonment and submission to the Father’s will.
He lived to please the Father.
So much so, that right before He was betrayed and led to be beaten and ultimately crucified,
He bowed and prayed in a garden called gethsemane and said…
“Father, not my will be done but yours.”
Through heartache and pain, he raised his voice and committed Himself once again to fulfilling the work.
Before they hung Him…. they would whip his back with lashes. They went so far as to create a crown of thorns and place it upon His brow. And if that wasn’t agonizing enough… they made Him carry His cross to Golgotha where they would eventually hang Him to death.
Before He dies… while there is barely life still in Him, Jesus asks for a drink…
personally, I think He does this to moisten his lips just enough to utter these words.
“it is finished”
and just like that…
the world would never be the same.
For in this death, we find life.
and in His blood, we find healing.
This death is what separates Him from all prophets.
It proves that He is not just a prophet, but He is the Messiah.
We’ll get to the resurrection on Sunday.
But for today, on GOOD FRIDAY…
I want us to ponder how “good” Jesus is.
He’s so good that He paid it all.
And as the song sings, “all to Him I owe.”
For on that cross… that old rugged cross… the work has been completed.
There is no more striving or earning or trying to get in good with God.
Jesus has died so that you and I can have grace and direct access to God Himself!