“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
Have you ever thought about what that scripture actually means? I mean, really delved into it and applied it to your life?
If I am being honest, I think I have understood what it meant to an extent, but I never really believed it for my own life- I didn’t make it personal. However, as I was thinking through something I was struggling with the other day, I realized the magnitude of this verse.
“It is finished”—what does that mean?
At this point in the Bible, Jesus was being crucified In front of everyone, including His mother and disciples. When He spoke these words, He had been brutally beaten to the point of death and was fulfilling the plans His father had for him, which was to give His life for the forgiveness of our sins.
When He said the word “finished”, that meant that from that moment forward, as His blood was shed and the crown of thorns wrapped around His head, the power of sin would hold us no longer.
While we are still covered in flesh and our struggles will be present, victory is also always present and ours to walk in!
I think so many times in our lives we don’t let this verse be what it truly is for our lives, a promise of victory no matter what you are going through.
Imagine this: What would you have said if Mohammad Ali, one of the most famous and talented boxers in all of the world, completed and WON a match yet he continued to hold up his gloves in fear of his opponent? Or crouch down in the corner afraid that his incredibly weak opponent was going to attack him?
I mean, as the guy is laying there on the floor- totally powerless- Ali worries and exhausts himself trying to win a victory that has already been placed by his name. That would seem a little, um crazy, wouldn’t it?
THAT IS US.
We are that ridiculous!!!
We let satan convince us that the word, “finished”, well, it doesn’t apply to us. Our situation is too large, we have gone too far or whatever it may be and we continue to fight the battle acting as if we do not know the outcome.
We remain in fear of an opponent who has already been deemed powerless by our Savior.
Another question for you: Do you think you would enter the battle differently, fight differently and hold your head differently if you already KNEW that you would win?
I know I would.
Well, the good news, is that we can.
Our sweet Jesus took the blame, the sin, the addictions, the hardship, the struggles, the hurt, the pain, the past, etc. and He pinned it to His hands as He whispered the word that speaks to every hurt and suffering soul: “It is finished”.
I can’t imagine how He feels as He peers down from His throne and sees His beloved exhausting themselves, with beads of sweat dripping down our foreheads, doubt in our hearts and fear as our mindset, when He claimed VICTORY over our lives on the cross.
Friends, hear me when I say this: You do not fight alone and you already have the victory.
The King of Kings, the ULTIMATE BOXER, has equipped you, called you, prepared you and ushered you into a life of victory, no matter the circumstances you are facing!
My prayer is that we would stop circling an already defeated enemy, sin or struggle and that we would speak life over ourselves and our situations and realize that the outcome has already been determined: WE. ARE. VICTORIOUS!!!
How incredible is that?!?!
Your financial situation, your addiction, your relationship struggles, your family issues, the consequences from your past, your fears, your doubts, your insecurities, your friendship worries, etc—WHATEVER IT IS— you are an overcomer.
Those are not my words, those are His.
Believe them, take your gloves off and lift up your hands as you claim the victory in your own life and as you praise Your Heavenly Father for giving you a gift that ensures defeat was never the title you were meant to earn.
Happy Sunday, friends!
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:57