IT IS FINISHED – Candice van der Westhuizen


Original painting by Heart Art

Acrylic on box canvas | 406x406mm (15.9” x 15.9”)

Painted live over a couple of weeks during worship


It has taken me weeks to get the title for this painting and even the meaning as there is so much symbolism involved in this, I could spend a good couple of solid hours writing about it, so I’m just going to try to keep it simple but bold.


This painting is about Jesus; it’s about the blood, it’s about His suffering and what He went through for us on the cross, taking our place, dying for our sin, because He chose to, He didn’t have to. He came to redeem and save what was lost. Jesus didn’t come to “fix your life”, He came to give you a NEW ONE, In Him. This is the beauty of the cross; it is absolute surrender, it will cost you everything to follow Him, everything meaning, your life, but oh the joy, the peace, the fullness, the wholeness that comes from a relationship with Him, walking with Him, following Him! Oh, the fruit that comes in one’s life! The wine! The adoption into an eternal Kingdom! The Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.”


Michael Brown writes:

The cry, tetelestai, “it is finished,” was not the gasp of a worn-out life, but the deliberate utterance of a clear consciousness that His work was finished, and all God’s purpose accomplished (17:4), that all had now been done that could be done to make God known to men, and to identify Him with men.


Yes, the divine mission has been accomplished. Jesus has done it!

Every sin has been paid for, every evil deed judged, and the full and total price of our redemption purchased at the cross.

That is the power of the blood of Jesus.

That is the glory of the Son of God.

That is the depth of the Father’s love — and it was all for you and for me so that forever, we could be with Him and even share in His nature.

Who could imagine such a story of love?


It is with good reason that John G. Lake (1870-1935) said, “In all of your preaching and teaching you must always leave people with the consciousness of the triumph of Christ.”


Romans 8:15-17 The Message (MSG)

15-17 This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!



We are only what we are in the dark; all the rest is reputation. What God looks at is what we are in the dark—the imaginations of our minds; the thoughts of our heart; the habits of our bodies; these are the things that mark us in God’s sight.  The Love of God—The Ministry of the Unnoticed, 669 L

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Original painting by Heart Art

Acrylic on box canvas | 406x406mm (15.9” x 15.9”)

Painted live over a couple of weeks during worship

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Dimensions 406 × 406 cm


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