Joh 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
On this most solemn day, where we commemorate the crucifixion, we look at the last words that Jesus said before He paid the price for our sins.”It is finished.” He said. So concise, yet contained in those words are the whole truth of Christianity. His teaching delivered, His walk as a man complete and His mission from the Father accomplished.
In the High Priestly prayer we read all of those things that Jesus accomplished that He was sent to do, and most importantly, that which we as Christians are as a result of that which He accomplished.
Joh 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, “
First and foremost, Jesus came for the glory of God. Not for the glory of man, or any other part of creation, but for the glory of the Holy Triune God alone. Jesus’ work in creation is for the glory of the Father and the glory of Jesus is given by the Father.
Joh 17:2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.
Jesus also came for the redemption of those that the Father has elected as His own (John 6:37) and that redemption is unto eternal life. This is the central theme and tenet of Jesus and His ministry, He came to ensure that the elect of God will have eternal life.
Joh 17:8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
Jesus gave us the message from the Father: That He came from the Father to give man eternal life, that that is the only truth, that God’s people through the drawing of the Father believed in Jesus.
Joh 17:11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
Jesus also came to unite God’s people in both their belief and salvation, and to ensure that God’s people are protected from the eternal death of the worldly. Jesus united God’s people in their belief in Christ alone for their salvatio, this establishing Christianity according to God’s plan.
Joh 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
Jesus gave us God’s word. Not only did He teach the word directly from the Father, but He also freed the word from the Pharisees, so that all of God’s people may understand the truth from His word. Jesus also separated His people from the world, and irrevocably connected His people to Himself, to the great chagrin of the world, even today.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Jesus came for our redemption and justification, and prepared us for the work of the Spirit. He laid the foundation for our belief, and set us on our way to being made holy by the Spirit through the process of sanctification.
Joh 17:18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
Jesus left us with the great commission, giving us the responsibility to proclaim the work that the Father sent Him to do. We are sent out to tell of the truth, just like Jesus came to tell us the truth.
Joh 17:22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one,
Through the glory of Jesus victory over sin and death, we are given that same glory so that we may be joined to the Holy God for all eternity. We have been given that glory as a gift from the Father, at the cost of His Son’s life.
Joh 17:24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Jesus intercedes on our behalf with the Father, and only because He loves us like the Father loves Him. How incredible that the Son can love us like His Father loves Him, and even though we nailed Him to the cross, He still wants us with Him to share in His glory.
Friends, when Jesus said “It is finished“, He declared that all those things that the Father sent him to do, He completed. He gave us God’s teaching, mission and purpose.
But the most important thing He gives us is a share of His glory, through the same type of love that the Father feels for His Son. Today, as we commemorate the brutal death of the Son on the cross, we remember His finished work, and celebrate that He wants us to be part of His glory. It is finished, now believe in the truth.
May you remember, or even for the first time today find that glory.