“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
Jesus had been arrested and crucified. Things were happening just the way He stated that they would. As He was hanging on the cross there came a point where He stated that it was finished and He gave up His spirit and died.
It is very easy to look at the crucifixion of Jesus and believe that it was the people who killed Jesus. Yes, it was the people who arrested Him, and the people who put Him on the cross. However, it was Jesus Himself who allowed Himself to actually die.
Previously Jesus had told the disciples that He was freely laying down His life. He also told Pilate that he had no power to do anything to Him except what was given him by God. No one actually had the power to kill Jesus unless it was given them.
Before Jesus died, He had a work to finish. He had come to do whatever the Father wanted Him to do. Until that was done, His work was not done. The ultimate reason for Jesus to come to the earth was to save all mankind. It was not just to teach how to be good and how to love others, or just to heal people of sickness. It was to save them.
The only way Jesus could save men was to die for them. At the point of this happening, His work on this earth was finished. It was then that He gave up His Spirit and died.
God has you on this earth for a purpose, or even many purposes. Until everything that God wants you to do, you are not done. Do not give up. Keep going forward.
Seek God on what you are supposed to be doing. Do it with all that you have. Do not stop until it is accomplished. Do not sit back and think that you have made it. Until God calls you home in death, you have work to be done here on this earth. Finish the task that you have to do.
I pray today that God will reveal what He wants you to do; that God will give you the strength to do His work; that you will not stop the work early; and that God will use you to bring many to a saving knowledge of Jesus.