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In John 19:30, we read some of the final words Jesus spoke from the cross: “It is finished.”

What did He mean? What was “finished”? This animation seeks to explore that question and to give two primary answers to it.

First, when Jesus died on the cross, the wrath of God that was against the people of God because if sin (the preference of “Not-God” instead of God), was absorbed. Jesus bore the sins of His people and the punishment that they deserved in His own body when He died and so the infinite chasm that sin had torn between God and Humanity was overcome in Christ’s death. What was finished? Everything that was necessary in order for sinful humanity to be forgiven and drawn into life-giving fellowship with the Living God.

But there is a second – and I believe more primary – achievement that was finished on the cross. and it is this: in the death of Jesus Christ, YHWH God, was climactically and perfectly made known. We see this second achievement primarily in John’s gospel. In that book, we learn that the central work of God the Son in the incarnation was to make God known to the world, or said in another way, to “glorify God” (John 1:18, John 12:27-28, John 13:31-33, John 17:1,4-5,26). Paradoxically, Jesus makes God known to us with greatest clarity when He is lifted up on the cross and willingly poured out in love for the good of His beloved ones.

It is in the sovereignly chosen death of the Infinite One that the depth of love that is the heart of God is declared to us, it is in the sinner-redeeming, self-outpouring of God that the identity of God is made known to the world, it is in the wrath-absorbing steadfast love of Christ crucified and risen that YHWH proclaims Himself to be Himself with perfect clarity. The Name, the Identity, the Character, the Glory, the Beauty of Who God Is rings out with definitive finality from Calvary’s tree….if we want to know what God is like, if we want to know who He is, if we want to behold our God, then let us look to Christ….especially Christ crucified and risen……And it is this proclamation of God’s Name that is “finished” in Christ’s death on the cross.

One of the beautiful things about the cross of Christ is that it not only does it enable our renewed communion with God, it also climatically shows us the beauty of the God into whose communion we are called….and that is what I’ve tried to show in this animation.


 

 

4 Comments

  1. Pam Powers
    March 18, 2016

    I have no words to add to this spirit-stirring marriage of music and animation. It leaves me deeply grateful…..but somber as reality demonstrates that most of our world has rejected the eternal, extreme love of Christ Jesus.

    “It Is Finished” will replay in my mind as I pray for world situations this week, persecuted Believers, and worship around the globe during this Lenten/Easter season.

    All glory and Praise be to The Father of Glory and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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  2. Jojuana Oliveira Dos Santos
    August 15, 2016

    Very Good!!! Jesus falou comigo em todas as suas animações !!! Eu compartilho com amigos e colegas nas redes sociais. Jesus abençoe você !!!!

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  3. Jonathan
    November 15, 2016

    Just perfect, All Glory to God. Amen.

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  4. Robert
    January 4, 2017

    Many today have left the importance of the Cross of Christ. They espouse a belief that once one is saved that individual is to move beyond the Cross of Christ. How unfortunate that so many have been deceived. Paul, as an example, would not even use eloquent speech when preaching the Gospel because he did not want to take away from the Cross of Christ. To Him the Cross was life, it was God’s power to save and to sanctify. The Cross became the very meaning of who God is to him in Christ Jesus. In essence the Cross represented the heart of God to Paul. It was his boast, his life to the very end. For at the Cross of Christ Jesus finished the work His Father gave Him to do! Jesus came as God’s propitiatory love offering!

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