It has been FINISHED.

For many people, perhaps most, Good Friday brings thoughts of Jesus’ physical suffering . . . being scourged to the point of where your internal organs may be visible through your flesh, having large spikes driven through your hands and feet, and then fighting in agony for every breath until death, while hanging from a cross. 

The willingness to subject other humans to this method of execution must be the epitome of the evil cruelty inherent in mankind.  For the Romans to carry out this crucifixion after finding no guilt in Jesus, even at the urging of a Jewish mob, speaks to that same cruelty.

I won’t view “The Passion of the Christ”, as I don’t want to experience the visual reality of that horror.  I suspect many others feel the same way, too.

So, why am I bringing up this issue in this manner?

As insanity inducing as the horror of a scourging followed by a crucifixion is, I don’t believe they represent what gave Jesus His greatest agony at Golgotha.

At the crucifixion, the only record we have of Jesus exclaiming something in agony is when He cried out in a load voice “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”  What would have caused this?

I believe that since Jesus’ purpose was to become the one-time sacrifice for our sin, this moment was when the sin of humanity, past, present and future, was laid on Jesus’ head.  Since God can’t abide sin, He, the Father, took His presence away from His Son for the first time in eternity.

That’s what caused this agonized outburst, far greater suffering for Jesus than the physical pain involved.

My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, KJV). This cry is a fulfillment of Psalm 22:1, one of many parallels between that psalm and the specific events of the crucifixion.

In what sense Jesus was “forsaken” by God? It is certain that God approved His work. It is certain that Jesus was innocent. He had done nothing to forfeit the favor of God. As God’s own Son—holy, harmless, undefiled, and obedient—God still loved Him. In none of these senses could God have forsaken Him.

The prophet Isaiah says this about the Messiah: “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4–5).

Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). He was made a sin-offering, and He died in our place, on our account, that He might bring us near to God.

It was this, doubtless, that intensified His sufferings and part of why Jesus said, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” It was the manifestation of God’s hatred of sin, in some unexplained way, that Jesus experienced in that terrible hour. The suffering He endured was due to us, and it is that suffering by which we can be saved from eternal death.

In those awful moments, as evil men were allowed to do whatever they wanted to Jesus, our Lord expressed His feelings of abandonment. God placed the sins of the world on His Son, and Jesus for a time felt the desolation of being unconscious of His Father’s presence. It was at this time that “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

It has been paid in full . . . It is finished.

Of the last words of Christ on the cross, none is more important or more poignant than, “It is finished.” Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin.

Just prior to His arrest by the Romans, Jesus prayed, asking the Father to glorify Him, just as Jesus had glorified the Father on earth, having “finished the work you have given me to do” (John 17:4). The work Jesus was sent to do was to “seek and save that which is lost” (Luke 19:10), to provide atonement for the sins of all who would ever believe in Him (Romans 3:23-25), and to reconcile sinful men to a holy God. “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). None other but God in the flesh could accomplish such a task.

Also completed was the fulfillment of all Old Testament prophecies, symbols, and foreshadowings of the coming Messiah. From Genesis to Malachi, there are over 300 specific prophecies detailing the coming of the Anointed One, all fulfilled by Jesus. From the “seed” who would crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15), to the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53, to the prediction of the “messenger” of the Lord (John the Baptist) who would “prepare the way” for the Messiah, all prophecies of Jesus’ life, ministry, and death were fulfilled and finished at the cross.

Although the redemption of mankind is the most important finished task, many other things were finished at the cross. The sufferings Jesus endured while on the earth, and especially in His last hours, were at last over. God’s will for Jesus was accomplished in His perfect obedience to the Father (John 5:30; 6:38). Most importantly, the power of sin and Satan was finished. No longer would mankind have to suffer the “flaming arrows of the evil one” (Ephesians 6:16). By raising the “shield of faith” in the One who completed the work of redemption and salvation, we can, by faith, live as new creations in Christ. Jesus’ finished work on the cross was the beginning of new life for all who were once “dead in trespasses and sins” but who are now made “alive with Christ” (Ephesians 2:1, 5).

Hanging on the cross, Jesus suffered bitter agony and darkness while covered in our guilt, sin, and shame. When the act of purchasing our redemption was complete, nothing more was needed. Everything Jesus had come to do on earth was now finished. The Scriptures were fulfilled. Christ’s work was done, the battle was over, the victory was won. All that God had purposed and all the prophets had foretold was complete, and Jesus surrendered Himself to death.

Through Christ’s substitutionary and sacrificial death on the cross, the Lamb of God paid our debt and took away our sin. Our ransom complete, Jesus, with a resounding voice, wanted all people to hear these words—words that still ring strong today:

It is finished!

Yes. It is finished. And as one who is more than a conqueror through Jesus, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39


At the Cross

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Isaac Watts (1707)

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TheseTruths

A beautiful article. Thank you for the reminders about a number of things.

pgroup2

So few people know that their sin debt has been paid and they can now ‘go, and sin no more’.

How many actually turn from being sinners?

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WSB

Beautiful, carl! Thank you…prayers and best wishes for Easter.

Wolf Moon

Thank you for this! I needed it!  🙏 

para59r

The Stamp of Conformity.

This apparently would be the Nation wide version of what many Democrat strong holds already force upon businesses if they wish to live in the good graces of tyranny. In other words, they readily bow to the Beast which would be a good thing to know if you either like to spend your money wisely or just happen to find yourself caught up in some mindless mayhem.

Grandmaintexas

Six little curves…

Sadie Slays

Thank you, bakocarl. I appreciated this.

Dora
Tonawanda

So beautiful. Mary is special.

Singing Stabat Mater is a profound experience. Hard to do without tears.

GA/FL

A powerful Good Friday song…..

duchess01

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duchess01

Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!!!

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BE MY VOICE

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duchess01

PRAYING ON THE ARMOR OF GOD

Father God, I now follow your command to put on the full armor of God, because my battle is not against flesh and blood but against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the unseen world.

I first pray on the Belt of Truth that it may be buckled around my waist, may I be centered and encircled by your truth dear Lord. Hem me inside all that is true and right, and may I be protected and held up by the truth of your living word, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Breastplate of righteousness, please protect my vital organs and my inner man, cover my integrity, my spirit, and my soul. Guard my heart for it is the wellspring of life, please strengthen and guard the most vulnerable places in my life with that which is right, good, and noble that I might not receive a fatal blow from the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Gospel Shoes of Peace. I choose to stand in the shoes of your good news, and on the firm foundation of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the solid eternal rock. All other ground is sinking sand, I pray that I will not slip or fall, but that my feet would be firmly fitted on your lordship, my Lord Jesus. I choose to stand on you, so that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus, the eternal Rock of Ages. I receive your holy peace now my Lord, from the sole of my feet to the crown of my head, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray the Shield of Faith into my hand now. As I take up the shield of faith, I ask that you might extinguish every dart and arrow, that is launched from the enemy to take me down spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, and every attempt of the enemy to destroy my joy. I ask that my faith in you would make it flame out. Extinguish every flaming arrow that would come against me, my life, my family, my home, or my ministry. May my faith always be out in front of me like a shield. Give me the courage to “faith my fears” by choosing to walk by faith and not by sight, in my Lord Jesus name.

I pray on the Helmet of Salvation, that you might protect my mind from the thoughts that can lead me astray. I choose to take every thought captive, and arrest all intentioned ideas and motives that would harm others, or distract me from your holy will for me. I submit every captured thought to the Lordship of my Lord Jesus Christ, and ask that you would imprison those thoughts that are not of you my Lord. Transform my mind and renew my thinking that I may think God thoughts, and have a sober mind that is focused on your glory. Please protect me from being double minded that I may allow my mind, I reject to live an earthly life, because I choose to live a holy one, governed by you My Lord Jesus, the prince of peace, please have my mind to be saturated with the holy mind of Christ, in my Lord Jesus name.

Finally, I take up the Sword of the Spirit which is the holy word of God, I pray this powerful offensive weapon into my hand, and ask that your holy word would be fitting for every encounter I face. As the enemy gets close to me, please give me the insight, wisdom, and skill to wield the word of God to drive away the enemy, in my Lord Jesus name.

May the enemy and his team flee from me, upon hearing the word of God spoken by the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Give me the sword of the spirit to cut through the wiles of the devil, so that I may discern the schemes of the enemy when he is near.

With all kinds of prayers, supplication, and intercession I pray to you my Lord God as the one who fights my battles. Now that I’m in your holy powerful armor, I walk away covered and ready to face my day as you go before me, and please protect me in the midst of the spiritual warfare in this unseen world, in my Lord Jesus name.

Thank you my Lord, for the spiritual weapons of armor and prayer that you have given me. It is written no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses me.

Thank you Father God, my Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit, that I am more than a conqueror in my Lord Jesus. I pray all of this in the mighty name of my Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ, amen.

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GA/FL

As we contemplate this day in history – NEVER, ever forget – Jesus did not hedge or deny His purpose or His Divinity:

John 8:58
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.”

Jesus proclaimed, I AM 15 times in The Gospel of John.

This one is absolute and undeniable.

John 8:58
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.”

– And one time when Jesus said I AM – it was so powerful that it knocked the Temple Soldiers, who had come to arrest him, to the ground.

John 18:4-6
“Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM He. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
As soon then as he had said unto them, I AM He, they went backward, and fell to the ground.”

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churchmouse

John 18: half of today’s Lectionary reading. Thank you, GA/FL.

GA/FL

Bless you, Churchmouse! Thanks for being you!

churchmouse

You are most welcome. 🙂

I wrote a lengthy post about it on my site, just published.

Tonawanda

Men suffer. Sometimes they suffer because of circumstances beyond the control of men, but more often because of sin and sinfulness. But they suffer, regardless.

Jesus shared our suffering, the type of suffering most unfair and unjust, suffering inflicted by sinful men on innocent men.

Thus God proved to us His Love by freely enduring what we all endure, helpless suffering which puzzles the human soul.

duchess01

He Loved Us More

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06. He Loved Us More with The Love of God

TradeBait2

Such an inspiration! Thank you, bakocarl. Freedom lives where obedience to the Lord begins. He paid the ultimate cost for release from our sin debts.

GA/FL

I very rarely read OT – but this is a powerful Good Friday post. Especially the Gospel reading. 

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2021/04/02/210235/

duchess01

Inspirational and intriguing post, Carl!!!

An honor to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – who conquered death and foiled satan’s plans for humanity.

God Bless You Real Good for this thoughtful post!!!

churchmouse

Another excellent post, Bakocarl, especially on one of the most important days for Christians. Thank you very much.

However, unlike you, I do — make that DO — recommend that as many people as possible see The Passion of the Christ, which probably depicts our Lord’s sufferings the most realistically and most profoundly of any film to date. It is a film that I remember years later, especially on Good Friday.

I watched a documentary about it after the film first screened. Most of the people making the film were not believers. The sound people — agnostics or unbelievers — came to believe that an evil spirit was lurking because whenever they wanted a special audio effect they got something else. Eventually, they got the right result. Two of the atheist actors became believers by the time filming ended. The actor who played Jesus became a more committed Christian. Mel Gibson, director, said there were more problems on and off set than even he had envisaged.

Sorry, but, unless one is vulnerable in terms of age (too young or too old), illness or personality issues, not seeing this film is to deny the unimaginable sufferings that Christ endured on our behalf.

We are but miserable sinners. Not one of us is good. The only good that comes to us comes through God’s generous grace. Our salvation comes through Christ’s obedient and all-sufficient sacrifice on the Cross for the sins of the world. That sacrifice reconciled us to God.

May we come to a realisation of the immense physical pain and incalculable mental anguish that Christ endured on our behalf: we who are no better than worms in terms of our self-perceived goodness. Our works are but filthy rags without the gift of divine grace.

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singingsoul1

Knowing the pain Christ endured for us makes me realize I can endure pain because if Christ can I surely can endure a little compered to His suffering.

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churchmouse

Exactly.

Thanks, singingsoul.

Best wishes to you and your family for a blessed, safe and happy Easter!

singingsoul1

Blessed Eater to you and your family also.

churchmouse

Thank you.

I am hoping we will be blessed Eaters on Easter!

singingsoul1

Ups Happy Easter 🙂

churchmouse

A very happy Easter to you and your family, too! 🙂

churchmouse

Thank you for a very moving post, Bakocarl.

However, I disagree on one point. I DO think that as many Christians as possible, unless they are too mentally vulnerable, too physically ill, too young or too old, should see The Passion of the Christ.

Not to view a realistic depiction of the scourging and crucifixion of Christ our Saviour is to deny the incalculable sufferings — physically and mentally — that our Lord went through to pay for the price of the sins of the whole world.

Not one of us is good. Not one. Our good works are but filthy rags without divine grace. Without grace, and without the Crucifixion, we would be lower than worms.

After The Passion of the Christ was filmed, the cast and crew participated in a documentary. Most of them were agnostics or atheists. The sound crew, who didn’t think much about Christianity, came to believe that an evil spirit was interfering with their audio effects. Every time they thought they had the right sound effect, it came out dramatically different. Eventually, everything turned out well.

Many of the actors and crew said that deep discussions took place after each day’s filming.

Two atheist actors became believers by the time filming ended. The actor who played Jesus became even more of a committed Christian.

Even Mel Gibson said that there were more problems in directing the film than he had ever anticipated — on and off set.

The Passion of the Christ is one of the most important films ever made.

cthulhu

Count me in among the mentally vulnerable.

Visual media portrays situations that should produce anguish IRL in a way where you cannot respond appropriately — it desensitizes and passivizes the viewer. I’m traumatized enough by what I read.

yamabudo

Bakocarl, thank you for this, and all your posts, as well. Deeply appreciated.

singingsoul1

Thank you bakocarl.

One time I had this dream I saw the cross but Jesus was not on it. I saw a white clothe under the cross. Then I stood before God.
After I awoke I realized while Christ dying on the cross is important so his the raising the living Christ.
The Christ who paved with His suffering the way so we can stand before God. I am not sure where it is in the Bible but “Christ said to His disciples I prepare a place for you.”
Comming back to the emty cross I saw in my dream I realized that Christ rose from the dead is also very important.
While I mourn today tomorrow I celebrate the Christ who lives.