Blogged Bible Study–John 19

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John 19:30
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.   KJV

When my middle school students would be given an assignment in class, they would call out, “I’m done!” when they had finished it. Quality was not the issue for them, but getting through the requirement.

Jesus had a goal–an assignement, a task–and He set His face toward Jerusalem (Luke 9:51) to complete His assigned task. His task, and His commitment to that task, however, included quality. Perfection was His aim.

According to this verse in Luke, Jesus understood that it was time for His “being taken up.” The Ascension–His being seated at the right hand of the Father–was the ultimate goal.

He knew that the way to accomplish this also included the cross, yet He set His face toward Jerusalem. He was so determined in His demeanor that the people did not try to dissuade Him from His course.

Do you have that sort of determination about the things the Lord gives you to accomplish? Are you so determined to fulfill the will of God in your life that neither people, places, nor things can distract you?

I’m not there yet; but I am moving in that direction. Are you?

When Jesus had accomplished all that the Father had given Him to do, He said, “It is finished.” And with that, His earthly life and ministry was completed.

Done.

That was not all that was finished, however.

God’s plan for eternal redemption for a lost humanity was also completed, for that was the purpose of Jesus’ ministry. (Luke 19:10)

When that was completed–when He said, “DONE!”–all was accomplished.

When all was accomplished, I was included in that statement.

Were you?

 

NOTE: for other insights into this chapter of John by other writers who have the Spirit of God, go here.