And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. Revelation 21:6
Have you ever had a project that was finished, but not finished? The annual Parade of Homes would be an example of this that comes to mind. Contractors spend months getting ready for this event. When the last tile is set, the last coat of paint has been applied, and the landscaping is perfectly in place, the builder takes a look at the home and says, “It is finished.” But the real test is the week of the Parade of Homes. This is why the builder has finished the home on time. He now awaits the crowds of people who will pay to go through the home. At the end of the Parade of Homes week, the builder now has a party for all of his subcontractors, family, and friends. They celebrate the success of another beautiful home. And now the same builder announces with relief and joy to all who will listen, “It is finished!”
When Jesus was on the cross, we read in John 19:30, “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, had finished the job of providing a ticket for you and me to go to the Parade of Heavenly Homes. It’s a done deal. In fact, it is so done and so real that we can have the Kingdom of God in our hearts today! We don’t have to wait to have peace and joy and purpose in life. “It is finished.” We can have it now. All we need to do is submit to Jesus.
And yet there is a day coming when Jesus will return to take us to the home He has built for each one of us individually. That is when we will physically be with Jesus. The spring of living water He is making available to us today through the Holy Spirit in our spiritual walk will be physically available in our new home. We will walk through the New Jerusalem not only marveling at the construction, but reveling in the very physical presence of Jesus, His Father, and His Spirit. I’ve read Jesus’ words, “It is finished” in John a million times. I can’t wait to HEAR His words in the New Jerusalem, “It is finished!”
When I accept Jesus into my life, submit to His will, and seek to hear His voice daily, He says to me each morning when I awake, “It is finished.” Because “It is finished” today, I know I will hear Him say “It is finished” one day soon in the New Jerusalem. Have you heard Him tell you, “It is finished”? What will you allow Him to finish in your life today?