Q. Did Jesus say God’s promise was fulfilled when he was crucified?
A. [Jesus] said, “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
Do you know what a mystery is? A mystery is something that can’t be understood, unless someone explains it to you. Remember when we wondered how God could allow Jesus to die on the cross if he had never committed any sins? This week we will unravel that mystery. Jesus wasn’t dying for sins that he had committed; rather, he was dying for our sins. His death was fulfilling God’s rescue plan. And so, when Jesus had done everything God had asked him to do on the earth, he called out in a loud voice, “It is finished!” Jesus said these words like someone who just finished doing something great. He accomplished his goal. He finished his task. He was the perfect sacrifice for sins. If you want to know if your sins are forgiven, look back to the death of Jesus. He is the only perfect sacrifice for our sin. And his death is the answer to the mystery of how God would rescue us from sin. God sent his only Son to pay the penalty for our disobedience.
How do you think Jesus felt about finishing the work of paying for our sin?
What does Jesus’s death on the cross teach you about God’s love for you?
Memorize this week’s big picture verse: John 19:30.