Tetelestai: It is finished.

Posted: December 3, 2010 in Church, Jesus Christ
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John 19: 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

  There are probably no greater words expressed in the Bible than these.  All of history, Bible prophecy and the affairs of men all point to this one singular point in time.  The focus is centred on the redemption of man by this one single act of suffering.  Which finishes with this cry Tetelestai.  Translated into English as the words “IT IS FINISHED”

 Was this a cry of defeat.

 He did not cry that he was finished and had given up the struggle, nor was this some massive mistake.  Nor did he shout and swear as others had done before him.  His cry was forgive them they know not what they do.  Never before was such a sight seen or ever again.  While they were nailing him he was forgiving them.  For some this would be a seen as a terrible defeat.  The messiah that brought such hope is now crucified in shame.  His tormentors mocked and cursed him.  Demons cheered from the back.  Women wept in lamentations.  His disciples fled and were in hiding. Soldiers gambled with what possessions he had.  He was raised above his fellows, they look and stared. 

 Was this the end?

 He hung as a man whipped and beaten, but he was more than just a man.  He was the Lamb of God.  The sacrificial offering for sin.  There Gods justice was extended and his full fury felt.  The breath of God shook the earth and darkness covered the scene. The brutality of man was allowed to express itself in all its darkness and fury.  That pure sweet Lamb of God became what we in our sin could never do, Pay the price. 

 Into the darkness

 My God my God where are you.  For the first time fellowship was broken.  What depth he endured we will never know.  What pangs of despair we cannot tell.  Men and angels have stooped to understand those short hours.  What pain he endured and what sorrow he knew. He made it his own and embraced every weight that we should have borne.  Every pang that was ours he held to himself.  Every sin that was mine he took the fury against it as if it was his own. 

 The light

He could see the end and I believe he could see beyond to you and me.  Finally the cry was heard FATHER into your hands I deposit my spirit.  There for security he knew his father would accept what he offered.  The blast of Gods fury was passing and now death  the last act.


 For those who are unfamiliar with this term.  For different people it meant different things.

Banker:  It meant that a debt was paid in full, and nothing more was owed. The cheque had cleared and  the bill is paid. 

Painter:  It is at a point where he puts down his paint brush and cries it is finished. Nothing more is needed to finished his masterpiece,

 These two ideas are summed up in Jesus cry.  It’s DONE, FINISHED COMPLETE. Nothing can or could be added to what he did.

 For those Prosperity teachers who cry out that Jesus had to enter hell and be tortured by demons so that salvation could be completed in hell.  This cry alone debunks that heresy.  IT IS FINISHED.  Nothing more was needed.

 Last will and testament

 Hebrews 9: 16-17  For where a testament [is], there must also of necessity be the death of the testator For a testament [is] of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

 Jesus on his death offered up to his seed his father his last will and testament.

 Upon his death what he offered up came into force.  So the dying thief cry was accepted and angels would have rejoiced that a thief found grace and acceptance. 

  Hebrews 9: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 If only our feeble minds could grasp this victory in its fullness what a difference it would make.  We poor blind miserable sinners can now enter into the last will and Testament of our saviour.  Raised up to enter into the will and provision of the one who died for us?  We become the benefactor.  What amazing grace, what greatness is this salvation. We are fully adopted into the family of another, with all the rights and privileges of that family.

 Christ satisfied God’s justice by dying for all to pay for the sins of the elect. These sins can never be punished again since that would violate God’s justice. Sins can only be punished once, either by a substitute or by yourself.

 He did not leave empty-handed.

 Rom 8: 5 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

 I want you to grasp this reality.  He came down among us as a man.  He went down even greater to endure our punishment.  He went down even more and tasted death.  But the glory is that when he rose, he ascended on high and took the redeemed with him.

  Eph 2: 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

 There is something here that speaks louder than words.  NO MORE STRANGERS OR FOREIGNERS.  We were once standing outside in the cold.  Unable to approach Gods prescience.  Unable to enter into Gods provision.

  Eph 4: 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

  Someone once put it this way.  Jesus went down into the prison cells kicked open the doors and left with those who were held captive.  Jesus did not leave empty-handed.  The question is are you one of those prison door were busted open

 Now we are encouraging to draw near to God and sit at Gods table and enjoy fellowship.  Not as someone remote, but as a father to his children.  That is dynamite.   That is revelation.  I who was alienated and separated by my sins, and now I can be made welcomed into the very prescience of God, but greater still we have the promise that he will dwell within his people.

 We who had no home now have a home.  We who were orphans have now been adopted.

We who had no true father, now have a heavenly father.  We who had no hope, now have an infinite hope.  We who had no security, are now secure in my fathers hands. We who had no future, now have an eternal future.  We who had no home, now have a city of such splendour. We who were living in such darkness will now live in such glorious light.


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