“It is Finished”

American Sign Language has a sign that is used for the concept “finished.” “Did you do your homework?” “Finished” is the sign to use if the homework is done. “Are you going to get groceries?” The “finished” sign means you’ve already bought the groceries.

John 19:30 records what may be the last words Jesus said before He died. “When he tasted the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and died.” What was finished? Jesus’ part of God’s plan for saving people from sin was finished.

Before God made the world, He made a plan to save people from sin. God worked through people for thousands of years to prepare the world for the coming of His Son, Jesus. God’s plan was finished when Jesus died on the cross.

Now it is your turn to complete your part of God’s plan. What should you do to finish your part? Many of the New Testament books tell us what we need to do to receive God’s salvation. Some of the things we need to do are believe in Jesus, repent of our sins, confess Jesus’ name before others, be baptized and then continue to live for Jesus. God finished His part. Now, you finish your part!