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Jesus Changes Everything: It Is Finished, So Rest (John 19:16-42)

Jesus Changes Everything: It Is Finished, So Rest (John 19:16-42)

In this last half of John 19, Jesus is taken to the cross, brutally crucified and just before giving up His life, he says, "It is finished". What might sound like an odd thing to the onlookers to hear, is actually Jesus' statement that the purpose that He had come for was complete. Starting with Genesis 3 and seen again in the Garden of Gethsemane we see the provision of a Savior and the resoluteness of the Savior in completing the work that the Father had given Him to perform. Specifically that of becoming sin, taking on the sin of the world, on the cross so that we might be saved through faith. On the cross the wrath of God was poured out on Jesus and absorbed by Jesus. For those who are in Christ, there is no more wrath to absorb and no condemnation for us. We have reconciliation, peace, shalom with God through Christ. Having full approval with God in Christ, we are able to rest from seeking approval elsewhere. Seeing Christ on the cross also emboldens us to take our private