Jesus makes a famous statement just before he voluntarily gives up his last breath, “It is finished.” What did He mean by that? Was it over, finished usually conveys and end to something? Had Jesus come to grips with the reality of His death in this moment? What was Jesus saying on the cross that grim day?
There is another meaning of finished, it means accomplished. So what was accomplished on the cross and what does any of this have to do with control? According to the early church, God’s defeat of Satan was the primary accomplishment of the cross. The idea that the cross is the means by which Jesus paid his wrathful Father for our sins, did not take precedence until much later in the West. Jesus knew that his purpose was to seek and save what was lost. His statement of, “It is finished,” is a confirmation that His work had been fulfilled.
So what does any of this have to do with control? After 40 days of looking at the temptation to control, it is only fitting that we end up at the cross. The opposite of control is surrender, and there has never been a more profound act of surrender as Jesus’ voluntary death on the cross. Jesus had a purpose, and the only way that purpose was going to be realized was for Him to fully surrender Himself to the Father. If there is one theme I can take away from this journey through control, it is that full surrender to the Father is the only way. Oh that this might become my prayer in every situation: “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” That is full surrender, that is release of control.