“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.”
With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus had seen His mission and ministry through to the end. The Father’s commission and purpose was now fulfilled. He had taken upon Himself the sins of the world and would take them with Him to the grave. The penalty had been paid on our behalf by the only one who could – the spotless and sinless Lamb of God, the Son Himself.
The Curtain excluding the people from the Holy of Holies in the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom, indicating that the way to God was now open. Finally, as Luke records it, Jesus from the darkness committed Himself fully and completely into the hands of God,
“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:46)
All was done. All was achieved. Salvation was open to those who would believe. But the cost was terrible. Never underestimate the anguished love of God as He watched and participated in the rejection, humiliation, abuse and crucifixion of Himself in His Son.
Jesus – the Son of God – was dead.