In John 19, we come across what I believe to be the three most powerful words ever spoken. What are they, you ask. Before I tell you what they are, let me give you some context that leads up to these words being spoken. Jesus has just been sentenced to death by the most brutal form of execution at the time called crucifixion. While He is hanging on the cross, this is what John, who was at the foot of the cross at this moment, records as the last three words Jesus proclaims before His death “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NKJV)
Notice the tense and punctuation John uses to describe what Jesus had said. Jesus uses past tense and exclaims these final three words with power and authority. The interesting thing to point out and note is that Jesus made this exclamation before He rose from the dead. Before He conquered death, hell, and the grave. Before He overcame the power of sin.
I believe that these are the most powerful words ever spoken because when Jesus said “It is finished!” He wasn’t just saying “It is finished” to the work that He came to accomplish, but He was saying “It is finished” to the work that He is doing in you. He was saying “It is finished” to the addiction that you are struggling with. He was saying “It is finished” to the trial that you are going through. He was saying “It is finished” to the sin that you are battling to overcome. He was saying “It is finished” to your past. He was saying “It is finished” to you failures. He was saying “It is finished” to your regrets.
How do I know this to be true? Well Paul writes to the church in Philippi “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 NKJV) In other words, whatever you’re going through has already been overcome. Your future has already been decided. Your purpose is secure. Take heart in the three most powerful words ever spoken “It is finished!”
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- Are you worrying about your future?
- Trust that God will complete the work He started in you because it has already been finished.