John 19:30 KJV
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
As Easter approaches, we are reminded of the greatest act of love in the history of mankind! There could be no greater demonstration of the love of God towards mankind than the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
When God’s first man Adam, sinned in the garden, death passed upon each of us (Romans 5:12). Mankind was separated from God the moment he disobeyed him and ate of the forbidden fruit. Man had no way back to God. God instituted the animal sacrifices, but the blood of an innocent animal did not cleanse man from sin, it only covered the sin. This sacrifice had to be done year after year. How would man get back to God? The law required the shedding of innocent blood for the remission (pardon, forgiveness) of sins (Hebrews 9:22). There was no man that qualified to pay this price in the earth!
Thank God for his love and Jesus’ obedience! God sent Jesus to the earth in the form of an innocent baby, born of a virgin, to pay the price for our sins! Ephesians 1:7 says, “In whom we have redemption (liberty by ransom) through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Jesus Christ was the propitiation, the sacrifice that met the demands of justice, to redeem us from our sins (1 John 2:2).
So, what was finished in John 19:30? What was finished on the cross of Calvary was the redemption of mankind through the shedding of the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! He paid the price to restore our relationship with the Father (Romans 5:9). Today, everyone who receives Jesus as Lord of their life is a child of God (John 1:12) and can go boldly to the throne of God to receive all the help they need (Hebrews 4:16)! Thank God for the blood of Jesus!