“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30
Before we begin, I need to confess to you that I shamelessly watch Once Upon a Time on ABC. If you have never watched it and enjoy disney characters, then sit back and begin your binge. However, after 6 seasons, I must admit it has gotten a little out of hand and somewhat confusing with the characters. BUT, I keep watching it. I just love the battle between good and evil, and the fight to keep hope alive. I know their hope is because of “true love”, but I love the message it portrays: we always have hope.
I’m telling you this because I finally got around to watching the season finale. Without going into too much detail, there is a fight between good and evil…surprise, surprise! So, as I was watching to see how the good would win, there was a line from Prince Charming (I know, I know, bare with me on the names) that resonated with me. He turned to Snow White and said, “Darkness never wins; it just fools you into thinking it will.”
I thought about that line as it pertains to John 18 and 19. If we look at the circumstances and remove the ending from our minds, it looks like darkness is winning. They are arresting Jesus in the middle of the night; they are manipulating a disciple to betray Him; they give Him an unfair trial; They scourge Him; They beat Him to the point of being unrecognizable; Then finally, they nail Him to the cross, naked, in front of His mother, friends, and accusers.
We have to remember that these people didn’t know the ending. Even though the disciples had heard the prophesies and predictions straight from Jesus’ mouth, it is easily forgotten or doubted when all you see is your Teacher being nailed to the cross without a single crime being committed. His mother must have been in such agony. His disciples must have felt so lost. His friends must have felt so defeated.
Satan is extremely clever, manipulative, evil, and smart. But, don’t give him too much credit because he didn’t know that Jesus’ death would ultimately be his downfall. He stared at the cross with victory in his eyes. What a fool.
In our world, it might feel like or look like darkness has won. All you need to do is turn on the news. And in our personal lives, we know that we can be attacked from every angle: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
When it looks like Satan and darkness is winning, remember that they are just fooling you and themselves. They will never win because of the victory we have from the cross. When Jesus said, “It is finished”, He unraveled the power sin had on this world. He gave us true hope and everlasting life as long as we believe. And as Christians, we can believe without a doubt that Sunday is coming. And with that belief, we know that there is hope in the midst of darkness, love in the midst of loneliness, and purpose in the midst of pain. We can now say with power and conviction, “it is finished.”
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Friday is here, but Sunday is coming.