Why are you and I here today? Jesus knew why He was here. He said in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Then in John 19:30, He said, “It is Finished”.
Three Words. Three little words spoken to God and to us by Jesus Himself just before He gave up His life on the cross. It is finished! These are not words of defeat or hopelessness. No, these are words of life. By these three simple words Jesus secured life everlasting and the promise of an abundant life here on earth for you and me.
Jesus came to fulfill the purpose of life God ordained for you and for me. This is what He means by saying, “I came that they may have life.” That was His purpose, His meaning, and the reason He came. Jesus finished fulfilling a Purpose of Life that He had for us—everlasting life. So, from the cross, He is saying to God, “It’s finished. My purpose is over. I’ve finished the work needed so that We can have a relationship with all those who will want it.”
So, what about you and me? I ask again, why are we here today? What is your individual Purpose of life? I don’t believe we can ever know our purpose of life if we believe we were meant to simply live because we were born; or to do because we must live; or to die because it’s the end of living. When we live this way, we can never really say, “It is finished” because there will always be another thing for us to do right after we finish the thing that we did last.
But doing lots of stuff is not the abundant life Jesus spoke of. Abundance comes to us when we discover and accept our purpose of life. It is through purpose of life that we can change many of the circumstances of our lives that keep us from the abundance Jesus promised us. So, “It is finished” are three words you and I ought to come to speak, but not as if we are completing a job or task, and not as if we are walking away from something that we couldn’t change. Jesus wasn’t speaking with an attitude of defeat, and neither should we. His was an attitude of victory.
So, if you and I find and live our Purpose of life, we will never speak about our circumstances with an attitude of defeat or hopelessness. On the contrary, with Purpose we would be speaking with attitudes of joy and fulfillment, no matter our circumstance. You and I must come to a place in our natural lives where we give up us our natural inclinations so that the Spirit of the Lord can have His way with us. We must come to the point of Purposeful obedience in our natural lives where each of us says to the Lord, “My struggle with being me is finished.”
When we do this, a life of purpose will be born in each of us. So, what does it mean to be finished? It means we no longer struggle against God with our natural selves. It means we come to behold our lives the way He beholds them. To be finished means to see the death of your old self and the birth of your new self in a moment with a Purpose of life. Living without purpose is empty living. Jesus promised abundant life. Purpose helps you come to live the abundant life right here and right now. The more things you choose to finish in your natural life, the greater things you can have in spiritual abundance. So, wake up to the promise of that abundant life and say to your life of living by your own strength, “It is finished.” Live a delivered Life. Love you.