Answers to BSF Bible Study Questions John Lesson 26 Day 5
11. It is finished.
Jesus fulfilled the mission he stated in John 4:34— “Jesus said to them, My food (nourishment) is to do the will (pleasure) of Him Who sent Me and to accomplish and completely finish His work.” AMPC (emphasis added)
On the night Judas betrayed him, Jesus prayed, “I glorified you on earth by completing down to the last detail what you assigned me to do.” John 17 :4 MSG (emphasis added)
Only John’s gospel records Jesus saying, “It is finished.”
12. Jesus said, “I freely lay down my life.”
a. Jesus bowed his head and “[voluntarily] (offered) gave up his spirit.” (AMPC)
Jesus said in John 10:17-18: This is why the Father loves me: because I freely lay down my life. And so I am free to take it up again. No one takes it from me. I lay it down of my own free will. I have the right to lay it down; I also have the right to take it up again. I received this authority personally from my Father. (MSG)
b. The moment Jesus breathed his last breath,
—the curtain [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. Mark 15:38 (AMPC)
Luke 23:45 MSG “By now it was noon. The whole earth became dark, the darkness lasting three hours—a total blackout. The Temple curtain split right down the middle.”
We can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Hebrews 10:19-22 (MSG)
Note 5 at Luke 23:45: The veil spoken of here reached from the ceiling to the floor and from wall to wall and was the veil that separated the holy of holies from the holy place in the temple.
Solomon’s temple was thirty cubits high (1 Kings 6:2), but Herod had increased the height to forty cubits according to the writings of Josephus, a first-century historian. Therefore, depending on what standard is used to convert cubits to feet (there is uncertainty as to exactly what a cubit equals in our feet and inches), this veil was somewhere between sixty and ninety feet high.
The fact that this veil was rent from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51 and Mark 15:38) is significant. No person could have torn the veil in this fashion. It was definitely God who rent the veil. The timing of this veil being rent corresponded exactly with the moment that Jesus died.
Hebrews 9:1-9 tells us that the veil separated the holy of holies where God dwelt from the rest of the temple where people dwelt. This signified that man was separated from God by sin (Isaiah 59:1-2). Only the high priest was permitted to pass beyond this veil once each year (Exodus 30:10 and Hebrews 9:7) symbolizing the Christ who would enter into God’s presence for us and make atonement.
The moment that Christ died, this veil was torn in two, revealing that the sacrifice had been made and that there was no longer any separation between God and man. Jesus tore the veil, that is to say His flesh (Hebrews 10:20), in two and opened up a new way unto God through Himself. (Andrew Wommack)
The torn veil also revealed an empty Holy of Holies. The Ark of the Covenant went missing before Herod the Great built the new temple.
The Ark remained in the temple built by Solomon until it was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar of the Babylonian empire. Many have debated and wondered about it for centuries, but its fate remains unknown.
13. It is finished.
When Jesus said, “It is finished!” he proclaimed that God’s plan of redemption was complete.
(We) all have sinned, and all our futile attempts to reach God in His glory fail. Yet (we) are now saved and set right by His free gift of grace through the redemption available only in Jesus the Anointed. Romans 3:23-24 (Voice)
Redemption and the New Covenant:
- “He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter 2:24-25 (NLT) Bearing our sins included all the results sin produced—sickness, disease, aging, death etc.
- “It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (MSG)
- “Spiritual circumcision, cutting off the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts. (Colossians 2:11-16)
- “God brought our new nature to life—right along with Christ! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. Colossians 2:14 (MSG)
- “He disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]. Colossians 2:15 (AMPC)
- “For Christ is the end of the Law [the limit at which it ceases to be, for the Law leads up to Him Who is the fulfillment of its types, and in Him the purpose which it was designed to accomplish is fulfilled. That is, the purpose of the Law is fulfilled in Him] as the means of righteousness (right relationship to God) for everyone who trusts in and adheres to and relies on Him. Romans 10:4 (AMPC)
- “Christ purchased our freedom [redeeming us] from the curse (doom) of the Law [and its condemnation] by [Himself] becoming a curse for us, for it is written [in the Scriptures], Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree (is crucified) Galatians 3:13 (AMPC)