When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished and bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”
These are Jesus’s last words in the gospel of John before he dies on the cross. Three words, three potent words. It is finished. What does John 3:16 tell us? “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son.” He sent his one and only son. He gave his son to die on a cross for our sins, for your sins, for my sins. And Jesus gets to the end. He is hanging on a cross, and during the judgment that you and I deserve for our sins, the death we deserve to die. And He says, “It is finished.” And He bows His head and gives up His spirit.
Take comfort, Christian. If you have been united with Christ in a death like His, then you shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.
He dies for you and me. And He says, “That’s it. I’ve paid the price for you.” He paid the price for me. He paid the price, Revelation 5:9-10 says, “For men and women for every nation, tribe and telling it’s finished. He’s paid the price for our sins.” And so we pray, “Jesus, all glory be to your name for finishing what the Father sent you to do. We praise you today for dying on the cross for our sins. And we will praise you tomorrow for dying on the cross for our sins and the next day and the next day, and for all of eternity. We will praise you for dying on the cross for our sins, for saving us from our sins, for saving us from eternal everlasting suffering and death in hell. Separation from God and the love of God and the mercy of God and the goodness of God.
And the beauty of being with God, that we have eternal life with you now and forever because you finished the work the Father sent you to do and love for us. All glory be to your name. We love you, Jesus. We worship you, Jesus. We exalt you. We pray knowing that there are so many people who still don’t know this price has been paid, and they’ve not experienced your forgiveness that was bought for them on the cross. So God, we pray for people right around us. Help us to share this good news today with somebody who doesn’t know you. God, please don’t let us stay silent with the good news of John 19, that it’s finished, that Jesus paid the price for sins. And we know, we’ve said it based on Revelation 5, that you’ve paid the price for people from every nation, tribe and telling think about the Kashmiri Muslims, 6.6 million of them in India.
Very few followers of Jesus. I think about one follower of Jesus I know among the Kashmiri Muslims, I won’t mention his name. You know his name Lord. But on this podcast to just call him Z. God we pray together for Z. I praise you for the boldness I’ve seen in Z. For the boldness I’ve seen in him just going all over India sharing the gospel with other Muslims in need of your grace. And so I pray that you would continue to give them boldness. We pray that you would give him fruitfulness in his proclamation of the gospel, in his efforts to make disciples and multiply churches among Muslims in India. And particularly among Kashmiri Muslims. God, I pray for his family. We pray for his family who kicked him out of his house when he became a follower of Jesus.
God, please save Z’s family. We pray, please save his family. Bring his family to know you, to trust in you, to experience your love and welcome their son back in but as a brother in Christ. We pray for their salvation. God, we pray that Kashmiri Muslims would know the finished work of Christ for them. Jesus, we glorify your name for finishing what the Father sent you to do, for dying on the cross for our sins. May this reality never ever, ever grow old or stale in our hearts. May we always be overwhelmed by the sacrifice you made. The price you paid on our behalf, on behalf of the nations, that we might know and enjoy and worship you forever. All glory be to your name, Jesus for finishing this work.”