Words from the Cross -- "It is Finished"

John 19:28–42

By Rodney Holloman , March 31, 2021

Words from the Cross

“It is Finished”

John 19:28–42

After all, how few the utterances—how long the silences—of that awful half-day! (C. J. Vaughan)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon observed that it “would need all the other words that ever were spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain this one word. It is altogether immeasurable. It is high; I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot fathom it.”

Why would we say this phrase changes everything?

What did it mean to them?

What is Finished?

1. The sacrificial system.

There is no longer needed any more sacrifice for sin.

The law has been perfectly kept.

Our debt to the holiness and justice of God has been paid in full.

2. Jesus’ suffering for our sin.



John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

3. The plan of God to pay for our sins and provide us perfect righteousness.

He was crucified, not is still being crucified.

It is finished, not Jesus is finished. He will rise from the grave. He will ascend to Heaven. He will come back.

What God completed on the cross, you have nothing to contribute.

We can rejoice that “It is finished”