I thought it would be good to join with other believers around the world who are committed to meditations around Lent. I am therefore sharing with you, what I believe to be one of Charles Wesley’s greatest hymns. Indeed, Wesley only completed the hymn on his death bed in 1788 after being inspired by the words of John 19:30, which records that on the cross Jesus said. ‘it is finished; and bowed his head and gave up his spirit’. I really do encourage you to read the words and delight in the depth and truth that they contain.
‘Tis finished! The Messiah dies, Cut off for sins, but not His own: Accomplished is the sacrifice,
The great redeeming work is done.
‘Tis finished! all the debt is paid; Justice divine is satisfied; The grand and full atonement made;
God for a guilty world hath died.
The veil is rent in Christ alone; The living way to heaven is seen; The middle wall is broken down, And all mankind may enter in.
The types and figures are fulfilled; Exacted is the legal pain; The precious promises are sealed;
The spotless Lamb of God is slain.
The reign of sin and death is o’er, And all may live from sin set free; Satan hath lost his mortal power; ‘Tis swallowed up in victory.
Saved from the legal curse I am, My Savior hangs on yonder tree: See there the meek, expiring Lamb! ‘Tis finished! He expires for me.
Accepted in the Well-beloved, And clothed in righteousness divine, I see the bar to heaven removed; And all Thy merits, Lord, are mine.
Death, hell, and sin are now subdued; All grace is now to sinners given; And lo, I plead the atoning blood, And in Thy right I claim Thy heaven!
Yours and His, Gareth