“It is finished!” What is finished?

John 19:30 “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

What is finished? What was the ‘it’ he was referring to? The dispensationalist would tell you this is the end of Torah. If this is the case then why did Yeshua say in Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

This begs the question; have heaven and earth passed?.…the obvious answer is NO.

We can see heaven and earth will pass, that being after the second coming of Jesus. Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” This, his earthly ministry and the life example of living the Torah, His death and resurrection, as well as, the second coming, is the ‘all’ that is being fulfilled.

Let’s begin with, well….. the beginning… Genesis 3:3-4 “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” We all know what happens next, Adam and Eve sin and the result of sin is death of the soul.

In John 19:30 Yeshua finishes the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise (break, overtake) thy head (of place, time, rank) and thou shalt bruise (break) his heel (restraint).”

Adam and Eve broke one law that being the Law of Sin and Death. Paul tells us this in Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men”. Later in Romans Paul tells how this can be resolved; Romans 8:2 “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Paul was a Pharisee and taught only from the Torah (or what we today call the Old Testament) and the gospel of Jesus Christ he preached was identified in the Torah. With that being said Salvation comes Only through the Blood of Yeshua Ha Mashiach.(the proper Hebrew name of the Savior)

Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This is what is finished on the cross. This is the perfect display of the love for humanity by YHVH, his willingness to pay the ultimate price for our rescue.

Still hanging on the tree, John 19:34 tells us “one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.” The same thing happens when a new life enters the world. The infant pierces the amniotic sac containing protective waters of the womb and the umbilical cord carries the blood with its nourishment.  This is the explanation Nicodemus was searching for when he said, “How can a man be born when he is old?” Here the water signifies the Law of Moses and the Blood is the redemptive and complete work of Yeshua on the cross.

Yeshua tells us in John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” This is our way to demonstrate our love back to YHVH. Keeping the instructions of Torah are evidence of a life of faith in YHVH. Everyone says they are impossible to keep, maybe so, but doing the best we can and conforming to His ways and not the world’s ways is His desire.Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject (obedient) to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Therefore, according to Paul, the person “not subject to the Law of God” or the Torah is defined as carnal or worldly, they have their minds set on things other than that which is prescribed by YHVH.

Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” The image or likeness of Jesus is a life of Torah in which he lived. Yeshua exampled all the instructions of the Torah perfectly for us to follow.

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” It is our daily response to the scriptures, the instructions, that fuel our response to the Holy Spirit thereby transforming the way we think and ultimately treat YHVH and His people. Yeshua makes this obvious in Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke (instructions/Torah) upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden (task or service) is light.”

We all fall short and the provision of repentance is our only hope to regain relationship with YHVH. The offering or sacrifice has already been paid yet it ours to humble ourselves before YHVH and ask for forgiveness.

Our response should be the same as Paul’s in Acts 24:14 “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they (both the Jews and the Gentiles) call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets.”

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