“It is finished”
What feelings Joseph of Arimathea must have felt as he was taking the body of his Lord down from the cross. The one who was supposed to come and save all, had just been killed in the most public and horrifying way possible. Everyone must have been completely confused. In their minds, Jesus had not done what He said he was going to do. What were they to do now? How could this have been part of His plan? Something must have gone terribly wrong for this to happen.
The disciples had missed the point. Jesus had told them over and over that He would die. He said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up again in three days.” (John 2:19) But they didn’t understand what he meant. “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” (Mark 9:31) Again, they didn’t get it. Have you ever been told something that you really just didn’t want to believe, and then when it happens you don’t understand why? I think this is where the disciples were. Jesus told them what was going to happen but it was beyond anything that they wanted to believe so they put it out of their heads. When it came true, they still didn’t understand what was going on even though Jesus had tried to explain it to them.
The truth is, Jesus had to be crucified. He knew it and he tried to tell us. He didn’t try to tell us so that we would be mentally prepared for His death, but so that we would understand the glory and the purpose of it. Jesus had to die because that was God’s purpose for his life so that we might live. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). God GAVE Jesus to the world so that our sins would be forgiven. Our sins could only be removed through the perfect sacrifice of Christ. As you look at Jesus’ death on the cross, remember the price has been paid for your sins. “It is finished” (John 19:30).