Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reflections for Easter: The Seven Last Sayings of Christ - #5 & #6

John 19:28 - 30 (HCSB) ~

After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now accomplished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, He said, “I’m thirsty!”  A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on hyssop and held it up to His mouth.

When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!”

These two sayings of Christ really go together because they reflect the same thing.  Previously, Jesus cut his last earthly tie by making sure his mother was cared for and now, knowing that all he came to do was completed, he did one final act that is remarkable.

Earlier, he had been offered wine which he denied.  It would have dulled his senses and made the crucifixion a bit more bearable. Instead, now knowing that all was completed, he expresses his thirst and was offered sour wine or vinegar which would have immediately heightened the pain and awareness of what was going on.  It was a conscious surrender of his will to be fully aware of what was happening.

He embraced the pain and agony of the cross and paid the ultimate price.  He had come to fulfill his Heavenly Father's plan for all mankind and did so, fully aware of the price.  Once he drank, he spoke the words, "It is finished."  The Greek verb, tetelestai (accomplished, completed, fulfilled) is one word. The verb is in the perfect tense and signifies something accomplished in the past with continuing results in the present and future. 

What a beautiful picture of Christ's mission.  His death upon that cross fulfilled all the prophecies of the past and yet, 2000 plus years later has implications for our lives today.  I cannot comprehend the beauty of what Jesus did for us.  As we reflect on this today, let's make sure we are truly thankful for this ultimate sacrifice.