John 19:30

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is about four children who find a magic wardrobe leading to a mystical land called Narnia.  To defeat the White Witch, who holds the land under her evil spells, they must join forces with Aslan, the King of Narnia. One of the four children, Edmund, is promised a lofty position in the kingdom by the Witch if he will bring his siblings to her.  He succumbs to the temptation, only to find that she has used him as a pawn.  When Edmund is rescued from the Witch’s clutches and brought under the care of Aslan, the Witch protests.  According to the laws of Narnia, Edmund—a guilty traitor—must die.  In Lewis’ tale, Aslan saves him, however, by willingly dying in his place.

Lewis used this as a way to illustrate how by the grace of God, Jesus Christ tasted death for every man.  By becoming obedient to the death of the cross, Jesus has taken death’s sting away by receiving the penalty of death in Himself. And the final words that He spoke on the cross were these: “It is finished!” The word is ‘tetelestai’ in Greek. When an artist completed a picture, or when a writer finished a manuscript, he or she might use this expression to convey the perfection of a masterpiece. It means that nothing can be added, for it is now complete.

The death of Jesus on the cross is the masterpiece of God by which He has secured the believer’s salvation. It completes the picture that God had been painting, the story that He had been writing down through the centuries of redemptive history. All that God had been revealing in shadow is now seen in the light of the cross. This means Jesus’ death was certainly no accident! It was a divine appointment, for He willingly gave His life for us. Jesus Christ accomplished the work of redemption on the cross. It is finished! There is not one single thing you or I can add to it. We must simply accept it by faith. That’s why Good Friday is so good. It means that my sins have been atoned for, and Christ died for me. O, bless His name!

For more, read John 19:1-42