It is finished

In a very real sense, Jesus wasn’t killed by the ones who crucified him.

He chose to die.

Most crucifixion victims grew weaker and weaker and finally died quietly.

Not so with Jesus. Mark suggests that he died suddenly and violently, that he was still strong at the moment of death (J.A. Brooks).

Notice his description of the Lord’s final moment:

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:37-39).

According to Mark, Jesus “uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.”

John puts it like this: “he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (19:30).

If we put the two accounts together we see a striking image of Jesus’ last few seconds of life on earth.

He had finished the work he came to do.

He’d lived a sinless life, completed the will of the Father, and offered himself for the sins of the world.

He now cried out with a victor’s shout.


And he chose to die.

The flogging didn’t kill him; neither did the blood loss.

It wasn’t the nails or the cross or the thorns.

He died when he was finished. When he’d done what he came to do.

The centurion saw the way Jesus died and said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Indeed he was.

And now he reigns.

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