It is finished!
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing near by, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ 27 and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’ 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
31 Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jewish leaders did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. 32 The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. 33 But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34 Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. 35 The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe. 36 These things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled: ‘Not one of his bones will be broken,’ 37 and, as another scripture says, ‘They will look on the one they have pierced.'
Human beings of every religion down through history and tried and tried and tried to get right with God by doing good things and living a good life.
But the first Good Friday shows us just how much evil even normal human beings are capable of. The truth is we can never be good enough for God no matter how hard we try and try and try. Our trying would be endless and would never be finished.
But God wants us to be with him forever. So Jesus came to swap places with us. He came to live the life that we should live (just look at his love for others in v26-27), and he also came to die the death that we deserved to die because of all our sin (his thirst in v28 is spiritual as well as physical).
So suddenly all of our try, try, trying to get right with God is no longer needed! It's over!
It... is... finished!!!
Jesus has already done everything for us to be forgiven and make us right with God.
And THAT is why today is called GOOD Friday!
Lord Jesus Christ, I can barely imagine all of the pain you went through on the cross as you took all of the punishment for my sin. Thank you. Thank you so much that that means I can now be forgiven today and all my worrying about whether I'll ever be right with you is finished! Please help the joy of that to sink in so that I want to serve and follow you all the more. Amen.