It has been said that Jesus started His earthly ministry with three powerful words “it is written” and concluded it with three even more powerful words “it is finished!” When Jesus uttered the words “it is finished” on the cross though, things in the natural looked contrary to what He said. Initially, the cross looked like utter defeat. It did not look like God’s plan of salvation, restoration, and reconciliation was finished. The One who was thought to be the Messiah by His disciples and followers looked like a failure. The One who it was believed would restore an earthly kingdom to Israel and overthrow the oppressive Roman government looked to have not fulfilled His promises to bring about God’s Kingdom on the earth. We don’t live by what it “looks” like as followers of Christ though. How many times in your life has it “looked like” you had failed at something only to learn later that God had a greater plan in store and you had not failed at all? When Christ uttered the words “it is finished” He meant what He said! It meant in each of our lives, separation from God is finished, sickness is finished, poverty is finished, emotional distress is finished, and every other bondage the enemy could possibly try to bring before us is finished! Hebrews 1:3 states that God is “upholding all things by the word of his power.” The words that God speaks are filled with integrity including the phrase “it is finished”! All things are upheld by the Word of God. The universe and everything in it is sustained by the words God has spoken. Essentially, this means that if one of God’s promises in His Word ever failed, the whole universe would self-destruct because everything is held in tact by the integrity of what God has spoken. God is true to His Word and will ALWAYS honor what He says. That means that when God says something we can trust what He says. It is finished. Know that Jesus not only took your sins when He hung on the cross, but sickness, disease, poverty, lack, defeat, lack of peace and failure. Negative circumstances are always subject to change. Don’t look at what is temporal (subject to change) but look to the one who is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). Defeat is finished in your life too regardless of what it looks like today!