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Scripture: John 19:30
by Pastor Brian Clater
On the day Jesus Christ was crucified, the Bible says that He spoke seven last sayings or words from the cross. One of those last words that He spoke was, “It is finished!” Our text today says that when Jesus spoke those words, He gave up His spirit, meaning that He died. But we must pay close attention to those words that Jesus spoke on that fateful day; He did not say that, “He was finished” but rather, “it” was finished. What was the “it” that Jesus was referring to? I believe Jesus was referring to His perfect sacrifice when He voluntarily gave up His life to so that we can be united with the Father (see Romans 5:8).
Main Point of the Message:
You can place all of your trust in Jesus Christ to finish whatever He starts in your life. He can save you from your sins when you confess Hi to be your Lord and Savior (see Romans 10:9). He can make your life brand new (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). For the Bible says, “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’s return.” (See Philippians 1:6).
In John 19, we witness the final moments of Jesus’ earthly ministry. He will be placed on a cross to die, at a place called Calvary, to die for our sins. As Jesus is hung on the cross, He realizes that many of His followers have deserted Him except a few onlookers. The longer Jesus stays suspended between heaven and earth, the more rapidly His physical strength weakens, and His body dehydrates. The Bible says that a sponge, dipped in vinegar, is lifted towards His lips in an attempt to quench His thirst. As Jesus receives the vinegar, He cries out from the cross His final words: “It is finished!”
What did Jesus Christ mean when He said: “It is finished!”?
Points of the Sermon:
1. Jesus finished the W________ of our salvation (See John 17:4; Hebrews 10:12, 25)
2. Jesus finished living as the W________ to our salvation (See John 17:12)
3. Jesus finished our W__________ in salvation (See John 17:17-19; Romans 8:35)