It Is Finished

“It is finished!” Jesus’ final words on the cross is one of the most powerful statements in the Bible. But what was finished? And why did Jesus die?


The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 KJV). Every person on this earth has done something wrong and deserves eternal separation from God for “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).  

But “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God is righteous, so he cannot ignore our sins, but he is merciful, so he made a way for us to receive forgiveness for our wrong.

The Bible says that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins (Hebrews 9:22). When Jesus offered himself up as our perfect sacrifice and died in our place, he satisfied both God’s justice and mercy. We do not have to suffer the penalty for our transgression because Christ purchased our freedom with his precious blood.

One of the clearest demonstrations of our redemption in the Bible is the release of Barabbas. Barabbas was a criminal whom the Romans were going to execute because of murder. Jesus, on the other hand, was innocent, but because the religious leaders were envious of him, they arrested him and brought him before Pilate, the Roman governor, to have him put to death.

Pilate found no fault with Jesus and sought to release him. It was Passover, and it was customary to release a prisoner during that holiday, so Pilate asked the people if he should release Jesus. But the people shouted for Pilate to crucify Jesus and to release Barabbas instead. In many ways, we are all like Barabbas. We are guilty of sin and deserve to die, but Jesus went to the cross in our place, so that we could live.


Jesus willingly laid down his life and was crucified in our stead. The soldiers nailed his hands and feet to the cross. They whipped his back until it was torn up and pressed a crown of thorns into his head.  Knowing his mission on earth was accomplished, Jesus said, “I thirst.” So, they gave him some vinegar, and “when Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost” (John 19:30).

When he said it is finished, darkness descended on the earth for several hours, and the veil in the Temple was ripped in half, which meant that the way into the presence of God was now open to both the Jews and the Gentiles.

The Jewish system of sacrificing lambs to atone sin was now fulfilled in Jesus’s death because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of the world. He is our Passover lamb, and when we believe in his name, his blood covers our wrong, and death and judgment must pass on.
And not only did Jesus redeem us from our guilt, but he also paid for our healing. The Bible says, “he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).


I dare somebody to lift your hands to heaven and say, “I thank God for the blood.” Because of the blood of Jesus, we can receive salvation, forgiveness of sins, and healing in his name. We do not have to suffer eternal condemnation, but we can live forever in his presence.

Through his death, Jesus destroyed the power of the devil. He pulverized the gates of hell and took the keys of death. “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, and he said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18). He did not remain in the grave. He is risen and because he lives, we will also live again.


When we think about the symbolism of the Passover Lamb and the sacrifice of Jesus during Passover almost 2,000 years ago, we are humbled to have our greatest debt paid through the sacrifice of Jesus. He paid for our redemption. He paid it all, and we enjoy it all and look forward to eternity with Him because He first gave.

We have the opportunity and the mandate to share this lifesaving, life-transforming news, and we do so through YouTube and Facebook. We don’t ever want someone to miss out on heaven because they didn’t know about Jesus’ sacrifice, because they haven’t heard about what Jesus has already done for them. Freedom is here for those who receive this message of hope. We heard and received – and we’re so glad we did! You heard and received – aren’t you glad?

Let’s share this good news together! Give as you feel led to help us promote the Word of God and the sacrifice of Jesus to the world. What you give will open doors and create opportunities for us to see those in bondage to sin set free. It’s what Jesus came to do! You can choose how you’d like to give here:
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Sean Pinder Ministries
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McKinney, TX 75070

God Bless,
Pastors Sean & Aimee Pinder

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