When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
If you’re like me, you appreciate a job well done. From building a picnic table to putting up wall paper, from mowing the lawn to rebuilding after two floods, completing a task gives a sense of accomplishment. Jesus words recorded in John’s Gospel are a glimpse into His powerful sense of accomplishment. Jesus recognized that His work fulfill the Father’s will and to save mankind was fulfilled on the cross. His suffering and death fulfilled that price that God the Father had determined. Jesus had nothing left to do in order to save us from our sins.
Yet we know Jesus did more. As the Apostles’ Creed states, “He descended into hell and on the third day rose from the dead…” We see this like a victory lap where Jesus went to hell to show He had victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil. His descent into hell was not to suffer more (1 Peter 3:19). The resurrection showed to the world that the victory is found in Jesus, the Son of God. May you live in the victory of Christ which He won for you on the cross. A job well done!