Good Friday Thoughts on “It Is Finished” – Rev.J.Kortering

John 19:30From a Standard Bearer meditation written by Rev.Jason Kortering back in March of 1967 we find these precious thoughts for us on this Good Friday. The meditation is based on Jesus’ words from the cross found in John 19:30, “It is finished.”

May they lead us to contemplate with true faith the meaning and purpose of our Savior’s perfect work on Calvary.

Quite apparently and foremost, this word was addressed to His Father. It was the word of the servant to the Sovereign.

Jesus knew all too well that His suffering on the cross was not the suffering for His own sins. The burden of sin that He bore was of them whom the Father had given Him. He had expressed that most beautifully in His intercessory prayer, “Father the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee even as thou gavest him authority over all flesh, that whatsoever thou hast given him, to them he should give eternal life.” These words Jesus had prayed on the door-step of Gethsemane.

Now as He was coming out of the intense suffering, He knew that the sentence of death that His righteous Father had imposed upon Him in behalf of His elect was now satisfied, for He had suffered the pangs of death and hell in their place.

Triumphantly he cried out, “Finished.”

This indicates to us that Jesus understood that He was victorious, or he could never have said to His Father, Finished! There were a number of things that pointed out to Him this truth. He realized a diminishing of the suffering. Normally when one dies the suffering is greatest at the moment of death. With Jesus this was different. His decension into hell was the moment of greatest suffering both for body and soul. During the three hours of darkness the gates of hell were open and the flood of God’s divine wrath poured over Him. All He could cry in that moment of terror was, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” As soon as that intense suffering somewhat abated, His attention was immediately drawn to His bodily suffering for then He cried, “I thirst.” It was at this moment that Jesus realized that He had drunk the cup, the dregs of hellish wrath for the sins of His people had been drained, and therefore He cried, Finished!

Besides this, His heavenly Father afforded Him other proof. The hell that He bore was objectively manifested in the darkness. That darkness which surrounded the cross was the same as the darkness God revealed in Egypt; it was a symbol of God’s absolute wrath. In the midst of the darkness Jesus suffered silently. For three hours He bore in perfect love our sentence of death. He bore everlasting death in three hours of time. Christ realized that He did carry it away, for the light returned to the scene of the cross. How else could the soldiers have seen the sponge and wine? Light had returned. That was God’s proof to His Son that the burden of wrath was carried away and the work of the obedient servant was acceptable in His sight.

Triumphantly Christ responded, Finished!

That word is also spoken to us. Recorded for us in the Divine Scriptures, this word echoes through the ages as a cry of victory for us to hear. What more need we hear when the burden of guilt presses sorely upon us? Time and again we gaze with tear-filled eyes at the horror of our sin and reflect upon the curse that is due to us for them. Oh, blessed gospel, finished! The burden has been carried, the tears, the suffering, the anguish, the pains of hell and judgment, they are all gone, for Jesus carried them away once for all. This is the gospel of “Finished” for us.

As we hear this word, our exalted Christ assures us that our sins are forgiven, we are righteous before God and heirs of everlasting life.

What think ye of the Christ, whose Son is He?

Well may we smite our breasts and say, “Surely this was the Son of God.” Yea more, “My Lord and my God.”

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