John 19:28-30

It is finished. 

Tetelestai.

It has been completed, accomplished, brought to perfection.

I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.  (John 17:4)

They are the most beautiful words to human ears.

Amid all our striving, we know that our efforts are like “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6).  We recognize that there is nothing we could do to cleanse our sin-stained souls.   

And in those moments on the cross, it is clear that the purpose for which Jesus was sent into the world has now been accomplished.  The battle has been won.

“There sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”  And where these have been forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.  ( Hebrews 10:17-18 )

There is no other way in which men are saved.

Praise God, for the cross of Christ is the hope and peace of sinners.

I have heard it said that the darkness covering the land in those hours that Jesus hung on the cross must have, appropriately, brought a halt to all work (Luke 23:44).

Be still and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world.  (Psalm 46:10, NLT)

For when we behold the Lamb of God upon the cross, we are compelled to cease our striving and draw near to let His blood cover us.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.  Since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool, because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.  (Hebrews 10:11-14)

Cease striving, Beloved.

It is finished.

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