When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)
“It is finished.” These last words spoken by Jesus on the cross are far-reaching and rich in meaning. All the types and shadows and all the sacrifices pointing to the cross were now fulfilled. Nothing more could be added to make it more complete. “By one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Heb. 10:14, 17).
The way into the most holy place has been opened for us, and with boldness, or holy liberty, we can enter by faith into the very presence of God. This holy privilege is for us to enjoy now. We can speak to Him as a child to a loving Father. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water … Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:22, 24-25).
There is much more to come in the Day that is fast approaching. Time and again, the Spirit of God points us to the Lamb of God, who, by shedding His precious blood, has paved the way for future blessings to be revealed when He shall come to establish His kingdom. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him at the Jordan River, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (Jn. 1:29). This verse encompasses the purposes of God for the ages to come, culminating in the day of God when “we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Pet. 3:13). We are blessed both now and through all eternity. He is worthy of our praise!