John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished..
These were His final words on the Cross. Just seconds before He bowed His head and gave up the ghost He opened His mouth and proclaimed to heaven, to hell, and to earth: It is finished!
What had been in the plan and mind of God from the foundations of world was now complete. It is finished.
It is finished. It’s done. On the Cross, I completed what I came to do. My purpose for coming is now complete.
The debt for sin: Paid in full. It is finished.
Redemption: Complete. It is finished.
Principalities: Spoiled. It is finished.
Powers of darkness: Made a show of openly. It is finished.
Healing: Purchased. It is finished.
Restoration: Acquired. It is finished.
Eternal life: Secured. It is finished.
Condemnation: Silenced. It is finished.
Ordinances against us: Abolished. It is finished.
Chains: Broken. It is finished.
Prison doors: Opened. It is finished.
Sight: Recovered. It is finished.
Bruises: Healed. It is finished.
Captives: Delivered. It is finished.
Guilt: Pardoned. It is finished.
Accusations: Cast down. It is finished.
Judgments: Released. It is finished.
The transformation of my life into His image is work in progress. But what the Cross of Calvary accomplished is finished. The work is done. The task is complete.
This understanding has revolutionized my prayer and my thinking. It has done something remarkable to my faith. We are not trying to finish a work. The work is already finished. Jesus already did it. He said, “It is finished.” We’re not trying to convince God to do something. It’s already finished. We need a shift in our faith! We need to understand what it means and what it does when we take His word at face value. It is finished!
The healing is already done! Notice what the prophet said before Calvary:
Isaiah 53:5 – 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon him; And with his stripes we are healed.
Contrast that with what Peter said after Calvary:
1 Peter 2:24 – 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Healing has already been paid for! Healing has already been purchased and secured. It is finished!
That changes the way we pray. That changes our focus. We’re not praying, “Oh, God, please heal!” He’s already finished the work! He’s already paid for it. Now we’re praying what’s already been paid for to be manifest in the situation. Our prayer is, “Be healed in Jesus Name! Receive it in Jesus’ Name. Sickness, you have to go, because Jesus already paid the debt.”
It’s the difference between trying to persuade or convince God to do something versus informing or enforcing something God has already done.
It’s Time to Go!
A judge can rule that a tenant is in violation of a lease. A verdict is rendered. The decision is made and entered into the record. The judge signs the decree and the court stamps the paperwork. It is finished!
But the deadbeat tenant is still in the house! He’s not going to go voluntarily. Even though the case and ruling is finished, someone – in the authority of the judge – has to confront the tenant and inform him he must go! The issue is not pending or awaiting a ruling. It is finished. It’s not up for debate or deliberation. It’s already done. But someone must inform and enforce what the judge has already decided.
That’s what prayer is. We’re not trying to convince God to heal, save, or deliver. He already did it at the Cross. He said, “It is finished!” Our prayer is just informing the unwanted tenant that he must go.
That’s a different mindset. That’s a different sort of faith. Sometimes while praying we forget what Calvary already did. We need to remind ourselves, “It is finished.” My prayers are just enforcing upon the enemy what Jesus already paid for.
Your healing is already paid for.
Your deliverance is already paid for.
Victory has already been secured.
The miracle has already been bought by the blood.
We Are Distributors
It’s time to pray with that kind of faith and understanding. Stand in the completed work of the Cross. Stand by faith upon His words, “It is finished.” Declare in Jesus’ authority what has already been finished by Him.
We are not producers – we are distributors. Jesus was the producer. So quit trying to produce something. He already produced the work. We are simply distributing what Christ already produced.
We’re not manufacturers. We are distributors! We are not trying to manufacture a healing, a miracle, or a victory. It is already finished. We are simply distributors – freely giving out what Jesus has already secured. We are just enforcing on earth what has already been finished in heaven.
Not every tenant leaves easily. Some situations require persistence in prayer. Sometimes removing an unwanted tenant requires some reinforcements – others to pray and intercede with you. But keep the faith. Don’t stop praying. The enemy must go because the miracle, healing, victory, provision has already been paid for! It is finished!