Though the life of Jesus had been so short, He was quite ready to go when the end came. He had done each day the work given to Him to do that day, and when the last hour of the last day came there was nothing that He had left undone.
We ought to learn the lesson, and live as Jesus lived, so as to have every part of our work finished when the end comes. But what was it that was finished, when Jesus bowed His head on the cross?
A famous picture represents Christ lifted up, and beneath Him an innumerable procession of the saints advancing out of the darkness and coming into the light of His cross.
There can be no doubt that He had such a vision of redemption while He hung there, for we are told that He "endured the cross, despising the shame, because of the joy set before Him."
It is finished, was therefore a shout of victory as He completed His work of suffering.
He went into the grave, but not to stay there. He came again, a glorious conqueror; and because He lives, all His people shall live also.
~J. R. Miller~