“When Jesus therefore had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is Finished!’ And He bowed His head, and gave up His spirit.” John 19:30.
These last words were the most profound ever spoken by any human being, before or since. Jesus Christ triumphantly declared from the cross that His work of redeeming the human race was at last complete. We could now be set free from the penalty and power of our inherited sin state.
The one condition is a willingness to abandon self-justification and rest entirely upon His substitutionary sacrifice which was offered on our behalf more than 2,000 years ago. It would then be possible to live our lives in the power of the same Holy Spirit that was in Jesus Himself.
The finality of Christ’s atonement was best expressed by Oswald Chambers in his classic devotional book “My Utmost For His Highest…”
“I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” —John 17:4
“The death of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment in history of the very mind and intent of God. There is no place for seeing Jesus Christ as a martyr. His death was not something that happened to Him— something that might have been prevented. His death was the very reason He came.”
“Never build your case for forgiveness on the idea that God is our Father and He will forgive us because He loves us. That contradicts the revealed truth of God in Jesus Christ. It makes the Cross unnecessary, and the redemption ‘much ado about nothing.’ God forgives sin only because of the death of Christ. God could forgive people in no other way than by the death of His Son, and Jesus is exalted as Savior because of His death. ‘We see Jesus . . . for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor . . .’ (Hebrews 2:9).
The greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ— ‘It is finished!’ (John 19:30). That is the final word in the redemption of humankind.”
“Anything that lessens or completely obliterates the holiness of God, through a false view of His love, contradicts the truth of God as revealed by Jesus Christ. Never allow yourself to believe that Jesus Christ stands with us, and against God, out of pity and compassion, or that He became a curse for us out of sympathy for us. Jesus Christ became a curse for us by divine decree. Our part in realizing the tremendous meaning of His curse is the conviction of sin. Conviction is given to us as a gift of shame and repentance; it is the great mercy of God. Jesus Christ hates the sin in people, and Calvary is the measure of His hatred.” Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)