Bible Commentary: “Sixth Word-Completion” The Days Of Lent

March 3, 2015 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit”.   (John 19:30 NIV)

It has been a long day for Caiaphas the high priest and he is tired.  Judas came to them right after dinner and told them that very night he would betray Jesus to them.  Caiaphas had been looking for a long time for a way to silence Jesus and was glad for the opportunity.  He sent his servant, Malchus, with Judas along with a detachment of soldiers to take Jesus away from the disciples. Before they could take Him someone attacked Malchus and cut off his ear with a sword and Malchus insists that Jesus restored his ear back to him.  Caiaphas shakes his head at the memory glad that finally they are rid of Jesus and they can get back to normal.  His father-in-law questioned Jesus, Caiaphas questioned Jesus, Pilate questioned Jesus, and even Herod questioned Jesus. For a while there it seemed as if Pilate wasn’t going to crucify Jesus giving the people a choice between Him and Barabbas. That was an event they were unprepared for but they quickly incited the crowd to choose Barabbas and the moment passed in their favor. Caiaphas spent the morning at Golgotha watching the crucifixion of Jesus; again the chief priest shakes his head. Jesus asked God to forgive the people for their actions; imagine Jesus actually called God His Father. Then Jesus told one of the thieves that he would be with Him in heaven today. As if any thief was going to make it into heaven, shows you how much Jesus knows!

Caiaphas was weary and he rubbed the back of his neck, he wasn’t as young as he used to be and there had been no time for a nap. Tonight he would sleep well, he would have to for tomorrow was a high holy day and he would need to be well rested for all the activities of the day. He had returned to the temple from Golgotha shortly after noon. Jesus hadn’t died as of yet but Caiaphas was sure He wouldn’t last much longer and there were other important matters that needed his attention. He wished he could just close his eyes for a little while, he shrugged, it was probably this weird darkness that was draining his energy, but he had no time for anything now; it was almost 3pm. Wearily he grabbed the shofar and headed for the stairs that led to the top of the temple.
After all this time he had the timing perfect; 5 minutes to make the climb to the top, 2 minutes to situate himself perfectly and then it was Three pm, time to blow the shofar to let the people know it was time for the evening sacrifice. Caiaphas, the high priest that year (John 11:49 NIV), was pleased to see that the strange darkness was lifting as he raised the shofar to his lips to blow.

At the moment that Caiaphas was ready to blow the shofar loudly so that all the people could hear, Jesus moistened His swollen tongue with the vinegar so that He could speak and announced, “It is finished”! Our High Priest was telling the world that His grueling six-hour stay on the cross was at an end, the time for the sacrifice was at hand and with His very next words He offered Himself as the living sacrifice to God.

Child of God – The work is completed, there is nothing left undone, Jesus has done it all! It is finished! The writer of Hebrews tells us, “The point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man. Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer” (Hebrews 8:1-3). At the proper time for sacrifice Jesus had “something to offer” the sacrifice for the many so that all who wanted could come into the presence of God. Our High Priest made the announcement!

(The personal expressions of Caiphas are conclusions based on Scriptural facts).

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for being my High Priest. You fulfilled the role of the one who offered the sacrifice and the role of the sacrifice itself. I’m in awe at the greatness of wisdom and mercy in each detail of your redemptive work. Thank you for caring for me so much that you gave your life in such a painful way so I could be made whole. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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