John 19:28–30 (ESV)
The Death of Jesus
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had
received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
When Jesus said “It is finished,” Jesus work was over. The plan of Salvation
was for Jesus to be born of the virgin Mary, live a perfect life (no sin), and to go to the cross for the forgiveness of sins. He was to die, taking on our sins, and substituting his perfect life for our sinful life. His death serves as the Lamb
of God who takes away the sin of the world. When he says “It is finished”, he gave up his spirit and died. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “gave up the spirit.” No one could take His life from Him (10:18). To the end, Jesus
was in control and was decisively giving Himself up for us sinners. “Although the work is done and the forgiveness of sins is secured by the cross [John 19:30], it cannot come to us in any other way than through the Word. How would we know about it otherwise,
that such a thing was accomplished or was to be given to us, unless it were presented by preaching or the oral Word?”
I pray: O Lord, you gave up your life so that I can live forever. How
can I ever thank you. I didn’t even ask you to do this for me, but I’m touched beyond words. Thank you for your life and death, for the forgiveness of sins. You are the lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Amen.