A NOTE ABOUT THIS WEEK’S DEVOTIONS
From the cross, Jesus uttered seven last words. For the next seven days, we will focus solely on these words.
Sixth Word: John 19:30
When Jesus had received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus’ only cry of physical pain in all those bitter hours is answered. Matthew writes, “One of them ran at once and took a sponge, filled it with vinegar, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink.” It was the same sour beverage which was the Roman soldier’s daily ration, and for a while it brought a measure of comfort to the one who went to battle to save us from our sins.
Some of the crowd, disturbed by the strange darkness, were already on their way home. Some remained to the end, curious as to how it would all play out. Some came because they loved him. Some came because they wanted to see him die. Some came to laugh at him one last time. Did any of them know they were witnessing the one event that has changed the world forever?
He speaks yet again. Strongly, courageously, as though it meant more to him than those gathered would ever know. His voice is full of triumph, victory, and infinite relief.
It is a cry that went down into hell. It was a cry that rose into the very courts of heaven. It was a cry that proclaimed victory over sin and death and hell. Jesus said, “It is finished.”
Let us pray: O Lord Jesus Christ, you are the author and finisher of our faith. Bring to completion in us that good work which you have accomplished in your death, your resurrection, and your ascension, that we may have the triumphant joy of accomplishing our life in you, through your mercy. In your victorious name we pray. Amen.