The Saviour’s Assigned Work
“I have finished the work Thou gavest Me to do.”
By “the work” is meant obedience to the will of God; the destruction of all spiritual enemies, as sin, Satan, the world, and death; and the redemption and salvation of His people, which was “given” Him to do. He did not take it upon Himself, but being called to it He readily accepted of it. It was appointed and cut out for Him in the council and covenant of grace. He was thoroughly acquainted with it and though it was difficult, it was pleasant and delightful to Him; nor did He leave it till He could say “it is finished” as it was by Himself alone, without the help of man and is so complete that nothing can be added to it and so firmly done, that it cannot be unraveled by men and devils. He speaks of it as done, because the time was come to finish it, and He was sure of the accomplishment of it.
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour [of His suffering unto death] was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end [finishing of that work of redemption]. (John 13:1)