These were the last words of Jesus from the cross according to John. He had done all that the Father had asked. He submitted fully to the Father’s will. Now there was nothing more for him to do in his human state. Whatever was to follow was in God’s hands. Jesus was showing his complete trust in the Father.
In the end he submitted to the Father’s will to endure the suffering of the cross even though he asked three times that he might be spared. Whatever his divine nature was, it did not relieve him of the agony of the garden, the reality of physical suffering and the realization that he was about to carry the weight of all mankind’s sin. I am not sure we can begin to comprehend what he was feeling.
Jesus introduced the kingdom of God on earth through his teaching, example and miracles. He fulfilled all the prophesies about him as the anointed one, the Messiah. He said he was the way, the truth and the life. He said anyone who has seen him has seen the Father. He was not only created in God’s image, he was God in human form. He showed all the rest us what is possible if we are totally human and lay down our will to God’s.
Like Jesus, God has a specific purpose for each of us. We are an unrepeatable creation of God with specific attributes designated to do only what we can do with the people and circumstances God places in our lives.
Like Jesus, we need to grow in wisdom and seek God’s will in all that we do. As Jesus told the disciples to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit so that they would be equipped to fulfill their call, he offers us a similar path with the same Holy Spirit.
As I look back on my life, that includes my wife of almost 54 years, my five children, their spouses and our thirteen grandchildren, a business career, a Christian ministry ,etc., I am still not able to say, “It is finished.” For as long as we have breath, we have purpose. There are still people and circumstances to serve in line with God’s will.
Jesus knew when he completed his work for the Father. We may not be as certain. But when it is finished, may we hear the words of Jesus, “Well done good and faithful servant!” “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (Mt. 25:21, 34)