The finished work of God
When the Lord cried out “It is finished” in John 19:30, it was not a cry of defeat but of victory.
This statement was made mere moments before He breathed His last and gave His life for sinful mankind.
All that He had come to this world for had been accomplished.
The Old Testament is filled with promises of a future prophet, priest and king. Every Christmas when we celebrate the Baby of Bethlehem, we celebrate the fulfilment of all these promises.
Matthew 1:21 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” He was also called Immanuel – which means, God with us!
According to Isaiah 61:1-3, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, the Messiah would minister to the needs of the people. During His three years of ministry, Jesus brought life, light, hope and healing to thousands in Israel.
Further, the Lord Jesus said: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them” (Matthew 5:17).
No one could fulfil the Law except the Son of God. When He hung upon the cross, He was the sinless, spotless, holy Lamb of God.
What we could not do, the Lord did on our behalf.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1, 2).
Lastly, He came to give His life as a ransom for many.
The price He paid to set mankind free was incalculable. It is finished!