Posted by: peebles | April 22, 2011

John 19:30 (KJV) ~ It is finished.

The hideous darkness of the sin of the world was placed upon Jesus at the cross of Calvary. The battle of all the ages was now at its fiercest; so long did the battle seem to rage. So many were the poisoned arrows of the enemy that he shot from his wicked bow, that they blocked out the sun. From the sixth hour until the ninth hour as the whole the whole world was plunged into darkness.

In the midst of the battle stands one Lord against so many. No! Let me tell it so no one can misunderstand, the one Man against all the armies of the devil and his demons. They had torn at His flesh; biting, ripping the skin from His body like asps sinking their fangs into the Saviour’s flesh. They were taunting, laughing, mocking with every blow which they could muster. The strong bulls of Bashan encircled Him like roaring lions tearing at their prey. They opened their mouths wide against Him. Those who looked upon Him could count all His bones. As all His bones are out of joint, His appearance did not resemble that of any human being any longer. What little flesh was left on His body dangled, hanging on by only a thread. Dogs surrounded Him barking out and snarling at the foot of the cross.

Yet, like a sheep before its shearers, He does not open His mouth, nor does He shudder or shriek from the pain, as He endures the most grotesque and vile torture imaginable.

The enemy shouts his battle cry to his minions of evil, “Fight neither small nor great save only the King of Israel.” For three long hours the battle rages. On and on they come, one rank of evil after another, with every legion of darkness and all that hell could muster, descending upon Jesus as He hung on the cross.

So fearsome is the fighting, so terrible is the heat of the battle, that Jesus cries, “I thirst.” To the enemy it seems like a sign of weakness from Jesus, for they think this is their time to seize the victory. They think to themselves, “He is falling, we are winning! Let us press in for the kill.”

With all the commanders of darkness they push forward in one final charge, with sin and death shrieking with delight in their battle cry. Joined with them, leading the onslaught, is their chief and general, Satan himself. In their blindness they rush headlong into the abyss of their disaster and doom.

The sky begins to clear, as a sudden silence grips those standing near to the cross. The howling winds are gone, darkness is dispelled as Jesus lifts His head upward and cries with an overwhelming thunderous cry. It is a cry that makes those standing near the cross shudder, fearing the worst. But His cry is not one of defeat, but of victory, for hark how the conqueror cries, “IT IS FINISHED!” Sin is destroyed, death is defeated, and the enemy is totally put to the sword! “It is finished!” Cries the conqueror!

There lies Satan, crushed underneath the feet of Jesus, that evil serpent with his head cut off and back broken. Underneath the cross of Calvary, the battlefield of all the ages, the war is over and Jesus has won. The devil and His army now lies in tatters, utterly defeated, crushed under His feet.

The suffering Saviour has trodden the vine press of suffering alone and emerged victorious. The Bible says in Isaiah 63:2-4, I have trodden the wine-press alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing. For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come.

It is finished! Cries our Heavenly conqueror!
Our sins have been taken away.
Redemption has come, Salvation is here!

Oh how glorious, how magnificently, does the hymn writer P.P. Bliss, express such a Divine victory in the words from the song, “Man of Sorrows”:
Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished,” was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

My friend, Jesus Himself, stood alone against all the forces of darkness on that day on the cross of Calvary. He gained the victory, once and for all, over Satan, over sin, over death, hell and the grave. He utterly destroyed sin. That battle was won over the enemy. “It is finished,” was His victory cry! Hallelujah for His victory! Hallelujah Jesus came to take away the sins of the world, the price of man’s redemption is now paid in full. Hallelujah, “It is finished!”

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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  1. it is good to hav a biblical thought like these everyday.


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