When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
There was a bowl of sour wine standing there. So they soaked a sponge in the wine, put it on a spear, and pushed it up towards his mouth. When Jesus had taken it, he cried, “It is finished!” His head fell forward, and he died.
As the passover season approaches, let us reflect on the blood of the Lamb which was applied on the doorpost as a shield of protection. Jesus was the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world. He overcame the devil in his own stomping ground. Sin had dominion over mankind's soul. The law of God only pointed out the fact that sin was dominant in people's souls. The law did not have the power to overcome sin. That is why the Lord instituted the blood sacrifice of bulls and goats to atone for sin. The explanation for this is that sin comes with a death sentence and the animal is killed in proxy for man's sin. The blood of the animal is sprinkled on the person and also poured out on the mercy seat of the ark of the covenant. This ratifies the covenant between God and man. The justice of God is satisfied and man's life is spared. In the new covenant, God no longer accepts the blood of bulls and goats. The death penalty that mankind's sin exacted was applied to Jesus, being the scapegoat, and we who are guilty of the sin escaped scott-free. When Christ's ordeal at the cross was over, He said It is finished. The battle for mankind's soul was won. A resounding victory for God spelt a breakdown for satan's forces. Satan gets his victory by forcing people to sin and then flashing their sin before their eyes so they are riddled with guilt and shame. Satan often referred to as the serpent had his fangs removed and his venom extracted. The antidote for satan's temptations and trials is the blood of the sacrificial Lamb. The Lord has accomplished the victory over sin. He has triumphed. We as people have to draw on the strength from the blood of Christ to walk in victory over temptations. It's a done deal or as they say in French a fait accompli. An exhortation to walk on the strait and narrow drawing strength from the blood of Christ. Amen.