a) Reflection on God’s Word:
“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said: ‘It is finished!’” (Jn 19:30)
Jesus’ arms become fatigued, they are losing strength. Great waves of cramps sweep through the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless, throbbing pain. The muscles of the chest are paralyzed and unable to act –cycles of suffocation and agony begin. Jesus fights to get even one short breath. He feels a deep crushing pain in the chest. The pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart, slowly fills with serum and begins to compress the heart whereby it restricts its movements. The heart beats irregularly. The loss of blood and burning thirst have reached a critical level; the compressed heart is struggling to pump heavy, thick, sluggish blood to the tissues, and the tortured lungs are making a frantic effort to inhale at least small gulps of air. Jesus can feel the chill of death creeping into His limbs. With one last surge of strength, He once again presses His torn feet against the nail, straightens His legs and takes a deeper breath. His word is heard: “It is finished!”
From the moment when Jesus dying on the cross cried out: “It is finished!”, not only the earth began to shake (cf. Mt 27:51), but also the hell shook in its foundations, because by the sacrifice of the Lamb the enemy of humanity was deprived of his right to human souls as well as of the record of debt (cf. Col 2:14). At the same time the power of death was destroyed (cf. 2Tim 1:10).
By His death He destroyed him who has power over death, i.e. satan. Once one starts to call on the name of Jesus against the principalities of hell, they are defeated. Therefore they have to draw back as soon as they meet with the full force of Jesus’ name.
Jesus has finished His work! There is nothing to add. One is just to receive and realize in one’s life this Jesus’ perfect work. The power of evil and sin has been broken! Where? In one place only, and that is Christ’s death. If I enter it through faith, this death works in me (cf. 2Cor 4:11).
Each one of us will go through physical dying and physical death; therefore, every day we are to enter Christ’s death through faith, particularly when in some way we deviate from the line of God’s will or God’s Commandments.
b) Recitation of God’s Word (5 min): I perceive the suffering of Christ: loss of blood, unbearable thirst, painful cramps, breathing by supreme effort. We all repeat: “Jesus said: ‘It is finished!’”
c) Prayer according to God’s Word (5 min): We all say together: “Father”, and one of us adds: “It is finished! The devil and sin was overcome!”
d) Prayer of the heart (5 min): We call: “Ye-ho-shu-aa-aa-aa”. In this calling I witness to the whole world: “My salvation was finished in Jesus!”