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"It Is Finished" is a song by Petra. It was written and composed by the band's guitarist and vocalist Bob Hartman. The song was released in 1985 as part of the band's seventh album, Beat the System.

LyricsEdit

Words and music by Bob Hartman

In the heat of the early morning
On a hill they call the Skull
The roaring of the angry mob had settled to a lull
All eyes were cast upon the man whose hands and feet were bound
They saw him cry in anguish when they heard the hammer pound

They saw the bloody woven thorns with which His head was crowned
They watched the bloody cross of wood be dropped into the ground
The soldiers gambled for His clothes, they watched them win and lose
They saw the sign above His head that said "King of the Jews"

(Chorus)
(It is finished) And the sky grew black as the night
(It is finished) And the people scattered in fright
The work had been done, redemption had been won
The war was over without a fight
It is finished

They searched His face for anger, for vengeance in His stare
Instead of eyes that burned with hate a look of love was there
He prayed for their forgiveness and bowed His battered head
And no one knew the meaning of the final words He said

The provision has been made
The foundation has been laid
He paid the ransom due and tore the temple veil in two
And opened up the way for me and you
It is finished

CreditsEdit

Live versionsEdit

"It Is Finished" was the last song in the 1986 live album Captured in Time and Space.

In 2005, the song was part of a live medley featured in the album Petra Farewell. It was the second song in the medley, which also closed with a reprise of it. This live version featured John Schlitt on vocals, bassist Greg Bailey, and drummer Paul Simmons.

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