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God is God and God does amazing things. We glory in His creation. It is stunning and overwhelming in its scope and beauty.

Everything God sets out to do and accomplish is an amazing achievement. Jesus came to complete the glorious work of God. Our salvation is a stunning feat on the part of God.

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

John 19:30

By itself the final outcry of Jesus is ambiguous. But it should be translated “They are finished!” rather than “It is finished!” because it echoes the statement in 19:28 that Jesus knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture”

The reference is to all his signs, works, and words—done and said to take away the world’s sin. The anguished outcry, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (that is, abandoned me to die [Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46]), is missing from John.

So far as John’s portrayal of Jesus is concerned, how could the Word who is God be forsaken by God? Also missing is Jesus’ committing his spirit to God the Father (Luke 23:46), breathing his last (that is, expiring [Mark 15:37; Luke 23:46]), and letting his spirit go (Matthew 27:50).

In their stead John puts Jesus’ bowing his head and giving over the Spirit. Jesus dies of his own accord, deliberately; and in doing so he gives over the Spirit. Since his glorification has started in his being lifted up on a cross, the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples has also started/. Jesus will complete the giving of the Spirit to his disciples when his glorification has reached completion through his resurrection and return to the Father.

Salvation is completed. It is finished. Now that is some very good news.

  • Hebrews 7:25 — 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
  • John 17:4 — 4 “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.
  • John 19:28 — 28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, “I am thirsty.”
  • John 19:30 — 30 Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
  • Acts 4:12 — 12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
  • Philippians 1:6 — 6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of the Messiah Jesus.
  • Hebrews 10:14 — 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
  • Hebrews 12:2 — 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Christian Quotes

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom then should I go in dread? Psalm 27:1 REB

With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3 KJV

She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NJB

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11 ESV

[Simeon’s ‘Nunc Dimittis’] Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people, to be a light to lighten the Gentiles, and to be the glory of thy people Israel. Luke 2:29–32 BCP

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:17 ESV

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12 KJV

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 KJV

God our Savior … desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:3–4 NRSV

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? Hebrews 2:3 KJV

Our salvation, thank God, depends much more on His love of us than on our love of Him. Fr Andrew

There is no salvation outside the Church. St Augustine of Hippo

The essential fact of Christianity is that God thought all men worth the sacrifice of his Son. William Barclay

Salvation means the incoming into human nature of the great characteristics that belong to God. Oswald Chambers

A person may go to heaven without health, without riches, without honors, without learning, without friends; but he can never go there without Christ. John Dyer

Man needs, above all else, salvation. He needs to turn round and see that God is standing there with a rope ready to throw to him if only he will catch it and attach it to himself. Norman Goodacre

All our salvation consists in the manifestation of the nature, life, and Spirit of Jesus in our inward new man. William Law

Looking at the wound of sin will never save anyone. What you must do is to look at the remedy. Dwight Lyman (D.L.) Moody

Salvation is worth working for. It is worth a man’s going round the world on his hands and knees, climbing its mountains, crossing its valleys, swimming its rivers, going through all manner of hardship in order to attain it. But we do not get in that way. It is to him who believes. Dwight Lyman (D.L.) Moody

The way to be saved is not to delay, but to come and take. Dwight Lyman (D.L.) Moody

The terms for ‘salvation’ in many languages are derived from roots live salvus, saos, whole, heil, which all designate health, the opposite of disintegration and disruption. Salvation is healing in the ultimate sense; it is final, cosmic, and individual healing. Paul Tillich[1]

[1] Manser, M. (Ed.). (2016). Christian Quotations. Martin Manser.