When Jesus said, “It is finished,”[τητηλεσται] (Jn.19:30) it meant that he voluntarily gave himself as a sacrifice to pay the eternal price for your sins and mine. He was not forced. He was not murdered. He could have called 10,000 angels. He didn’t. He GAVE his life.
“‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.’”
John 10:11 (ncv)
“‘Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?’”
Matthew 26:53 (niv)
It is over, never more to be needed. It is completed, fulfilled, done, over!
The price for sin has been paid!
The forces of evil cannot make him back down or back out. Christ Jesus, God being clothed in human flesh, gathered eternal love into his bosom, the love that overcomes evil, forgives and heals.
“I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:15
“No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. John 10:18
Standing on the precipice looking down into the filth, the hurt, the tragedy of the hellish destruction sin causes, suddenly love appears in the form of the one who said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Through his death and transformational love he was not exempt from suffering. He made it possible for our suffering to be transformational as well.