The Sixth Saying of Jesus on the Cross

(John 19:30)

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished”  John 19:30

When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”. He had accomplished the fulfillment of all the prophecies which had been written about how he would die. Centuries beforehand, the prophets of God had described step by step the humiliation and suffering which the coming Savior should undergo. One by one these had been fulfilled to the very letter.  Prophecy declared that he should be the woman’s seed. (Gen. 3:15), then he was “born of a woman” (Gal. 4:4). Prophecy announced that his mother should be a “virgin”. (Isa. 7:14), then it was literally fulfilled (Matt. 1:18). Prophecy revealed that he should be of the seed of Abraham (Gen. 22:18), then mark its fulfillment (Matt. 1:1). Prophecy made it known that he should be a lineal descendant of David (11 Sam. 7:12,13). then such he actually was (Rom. 1:3). Prophecy said that he should be named before he was born (Isa 49:1), then so it came to pass (Luke 1:30,31). Prophecy foretold that he should be born in Bethlehem of Judea (Micah 5:2), then mark how this very village was actually his birthplace. Had prophecy forewarned that his birth should entail sorrowing for others? (Jer. 31:15), then behold the tragic fulfillment (Matt. 2:14,15). Prophecy foreshown that the Messiah should appear before the scepter of tribal ascendancy had departed from Judah (Gen. 49:10), then so he did, for though the ten tribes were in captivity, Judah was still in the land at the time of his advent.  Had prophecy referred to the flight into Egypt and the subsequent return into Palestine? (Hosea 11:1 and Isa 49:3,6), then so it came to pass (Matt. 2:14,15).

Prophecy made mention of one going before Christ to make ready his way (Mal. 3:1), see its fulfillment in the person of John the Baptist. Prophecy made it known that at the Messiah’s appearing “the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a deer, and tongue of the dumb sing. (Isa. 35:5,6). Read through the four Gospels and see how blessedly this proved true. Prophecy spoke of him as “poor and needy” (Psa. 40:17 – see beginning of Psalm.). Then behold him not having where to lay his head. Prophecy intimated that he should speak in “parables” (Psa. 78:2). Such was his method of teaching. Had prophecy depicted him stilling the tempest? (Psa. 107:29), then this is exactly what he did. Had prophecy heralded his “triumphal entry” into Jerusalem? (Zech. 9:9), then so it came to pass.

Prophecy announced that his person should be despised (Isa. 53:3), that he should be rejected by the Jews (Isa. 8:14), that he should be “hated without a cause” (Psa. 69:4). Sad to say, such was precisely the case. Prophecy painted the whole picture of his degradation and crucifixion. It was vividly reproduced. There had been the betrayal by a familiar friend, the forsaking by his cherished disciples, the being led to the slaughter, the being taken to judgment, the appearing of false witnesses against him, the refusal on his part to make defence, the establishing of his innocency, the unjust condemnation, the sentence of capital punishment passed upon him, the literal piercing of his hands and feet, the being numbered with transgressors, the mockery of the crowd, the casting lots for his garments – all predicted centuries beforehand, and all fulfilled to the very letter. And as Jesus reviewed the entire scope of the prophetic word and saw its full realization, he cried, “It is finished!”

It only remains to point out that as there was a complete set of prophecies which had to do with the first advent of the Savior, so also is there a complete set of prophecies which have to do with his second advent – the latter as definite, as personal, and as comprehensive in their scope as the former. We may look forward with absolute confidence to the fulfillment of those prophecies which have to do with his second coming.

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