March 29, 2018

Seven Last Sayings of Jesus: Part 4


With the help of others to quench His thirst and clear His throat, Jesus was able to make a clear declaration of redemption completed:

  • “It is finished!” (John 19:30, NIV)

In the Greek this statement is really one single word, “Tetelesthai”.  It means, “It is finished, it stands finished, and it always will be finished!”  What is finished?  The work of redemption.  God’s plan to buy back mankind from the separation and slavery of sin.

I’m so thankful He didn’t say, “I am finished!”  He said, “It is finished!”  The once-for-all sacrifice for sin had now been completed!  Jesus used a word familiar to the people in His day.   They used that word in everyday life.  A servant would use it when reporting to his or her master, “I have completed the work assigned to me.”  We might say, “Done!”  When a priest examined an animal sacrifice and found it faultless, this word would apply.  When an artist completed a picture, or a writer a manuscript, he or she might say, “tetelesthai”, it is finished!  The death of Jesus on the cross completes the picture that God was painting, the story that He had been writing since Genesis!

Perhaps the most significant meaning of the word tetelsthia was found by the merchants who used it in everyday business transactions.  It meant “The debt is paid in full!”  That’s what Jesus did for you and me!  He paid our debt of sin in full!  When He gave Himself on the cross, Jesus fully met the righteous demands of a holy law that said, “The wages of sin is death!” (Romans 6:28)

None of the Old Testament sacrifices could take away sins; their blood only covered sin.  But the spotless Lamb of God shed His own blood, and that blood can take away the sins of the world!   There’s nothing more to do!  Simply believe and receive!

Personal Challenge:

Are you still trying to do something to earn God’s favor?  What does it mean to you to simply believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross and receive His forgiveness and grace?

Join us tonight at Woodlands Church and invite a friend to experience forgiveness and grace at our first of twenty-five Easter services!  See our website for times and locations!