Finished | Devotion #2: Aslan
John 19:30 records the last things Jesus said on the cross, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” It was finished, and He died for our sins. It is the greatest and most selfless thing ever done, and that will ever be done.
I believe we have some mixed up views about Jesus and the cross. The cross is super important, and I believe the physical pain that Jesus endured was incredible, and I pray God never asks me to experience it.
However, I do not believe the physical pain of the cross is what Jesus was worried about in the Garden of Gethsemane where He was praying as sweat was dripping like blood from His face (Luke 22:44). Luke would have the authority to record this medical condition produced by great stress because he was a doctor (Luke would later become Paul’s doctor).
Jesus was indeed stressed, but I do not believe it was because He was scared of the pain. He was ready and willing to lay His earthly body down. However, there was a spiritual reason for His agony, blood, and sweat.
We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus knew God His Father would abandon Him. Jesus took on the sins of the whole world, so God could not even look at Him (Mathew 27:46). The Lamb without blemish or spot, the perfect sacrifice became the very thing that God hates, sin
(1 Peter 1:18-19). Because of the cross and Jesus’ willing sacrifice, we are free from that sin. We are bought and paid for with His blood.
There is a great book for kids written by C.S Lewis, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” The movie is good as well. In the story, a boy named Edmund (a picture of us) gets caught in a trap set by the White Witch (a picture of Satan). The only way to free him from this bond of Satan was for King Aslan (a picture of Jesus) to lay his life down willingly to free Edmund. This is our story. We were caught in sin, and Jesus willingly died to free us from the bonds of sin. I recommend the movie for you and your family. It is a good way to start the conversation with your kids about what Jesus has done for them.
Because of the cross and Jesus’ willing sacrifice, we are free from that sin. We are bought and paid for with His blood.
It truly was finished.