When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). Octavius Winslow said of this passage, “There never existed but one Being who in truth could affirm of His work — “It is finished!” Incompleteness and defect trace the most vast, elaborate and accomplished products of human genius and power.” John Flavel comments, “In that one word is contained the sum of all joy, the very Spirit of all Divine consolation.” A.W. Pink said it was the cry of jubilation. Our beloved Spurgeon said it was, “…an ocean of meaning in a drop of language.” But what exactly was finished on the cross? Listen along and find out about the glorious finished work of Christ, a work of love!
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.
Experience will tell us that one of the great marks of patience in suffering and affliction is a bridling of the tongue. One of the first signs of a lack of contentment in the heart of a man is what his mouth begins to complain about. “Out of the abundance of the heart a man’s mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). But Christ, when all of the weight of bearing the sins of God’s people was upon Him, in all of His affliction, with all of humanity detesting Him, and being oppressed like a slave by an evil master, uttered not a word, neither against God nor against His enemies. “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:22-23). One Puritan said, “Stormy hearts will soon boil over,” but Christ was resting in perfect patience in His Father’s will. His heart was perfectly patient. His heart was trusting in the Him who judges justly. Listen along and learn about the passive passion of Christ to make atonement for His people’s sin.