John 19. 28-30
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had been accomplished, and that the scripture might be fulfilled said (says): “I am thirsty”.
29 A jar full of vinegar was there, so they put a sponge full of vinegar on a stalk of hyssop and put it to His mouth.
30 Therefore, when He took the vinegar Jesus said: “It has been accomplished”, and bowing His head He delivered up His spirit.
When we are in the full swing of life, especially when we are young, we give very little thought to dying. Death is far from our minds and, although we know that we will not escape death, we tend to think of is as a very distant event. Sadly this is not always true, since tragedies do happen.
Yet there does come the time when we are brought face to face with our own mortality, and we know that death is imminent.
It may seem obvious to say that Jesus knew this, since He was hanging on the cross. Yet in human terms His death could still have been a few days away. It was not unheard of for those being crucified to linger in death pains for a number of days before finally dying.
Jesus knew that His death was very close. In Luke’s gospel we can see that Jesus knew He was going to die on that day. When one of the thieves being crucified with Him said: And he said: “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom”. The reply of Jesus was: “In all sincerity I tell you that today you will be with Me in paradise.”
Jesus said: ‘Today’, knowing that it was on that day He would die. He knew this because He also knew that all things had been accomplished, or completed.
Jesus knew that He had finished the work the Father had given Him to do; He knew that He had faithfully completed all that He left Heaven to do. He had come to save sinners, which meant His going to the cross and dying to pay the price for sins of every human being.
There was nothing left for Him to do.
When we reach the end of our life will we be able to say that we have completed the task that God has raised us up to do?
Perhaps that is an unanswerable question, but whenever that day comes let us be like Paul who was able to say: I have fought the good fight, I have completed the course, the faith I have kept – 2 Timothy 4.7.
John 19. 28-30