At any moment along the way, Jesus could have said, “That’s enough! No more!” He could have shook Himself in a far more powerful way than Samson ever dreamed of. His enemies wouldn’t have stood a chance. He could have stopped the mouths of the unbelievers. He could have sent His critics to their graves. He could have called twelve thousand angels. He could have planted one foot in the sea and the other on the land and declared that judgment would be delayed no longer. He could have done all this and more, but He didn’t…wouldn’t.
He fought redemption’s battle with His chosen weapons of warfare…with the Body God prepared for Him…with all His heart and soul. He fought by means of His faith in Father God. And He fought with the force of a mighty Love such as the world had never known. And even though it often looked like it, never more than here at the Cross, He did not fight in vain.
“Now,” said He, “It is finished!” The first human life ever lived in perfect harmony with His Father’s will was completed. The limitations of human existence were finished. Never again would He have to look for a place to lay His head. Never again would He be hungry, tired, cold or lonely. Finished was the Devil’s opportunity to get at Him through His humanity. He had known all the unrelenting temptations to evil that all humans know…yet He remained without sin. Finished was His astounding masterpiece…His portrait of the Great Heart of God Who would have all people to be saved. Finished was His being lifted up in order to draw all people unto Himself. Finished was the Sacrifice that God prepared before the foundation of the world. I’m convinced that when Jesus exclaimed, “It is finished,” that those words were further demonstration of His Lordship. For He had already said He had power over His life…power to lay it down and power to take it up again. He demonstrated that power by saying, finally, after all His sufferings, “That’s enough! It is over! It is finished!” What a Lord! And we are so pleased to remember that though His great Sacrifice was finished…He was not! Friday’s eclipse couldn’t stop Sunday’s dawn! Praise God!