It Is Finished
"Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit" (John 19:30).
Today, we look at the meaning behind the final words of Jesus on the cross: "It is finished."
How many times in the Gospel of John does Jesus talk about His hour? He would say, "My hour has not yet come," or, "the hour is coming." It was as if Jesus was hearing the chimes of a clock that nobody else could. The life of the Lord Jesus Christ - the sum total of His ministry and mission - was leading to this one, final cry, "Tetelestai" or "It is finished."
From His birth, through His boyhood, manhood, and public ministry, Jesus' focus was to finish the work His Father had given to Him - the work of redemption. From the very beginning, God's plan for our redemption required Jesus' death and resurrection.
Tetelestai is a perfect passive verb, meaning that the purpose has been fulfilled. It means that the goal has been realized. A perfect passive verb also indicates that the result of that fulfilled purpose continues forever. It means that the impact of the benefits that were accomplished on the cross will continue until Jesus comes back and throughout all eternity - that in every generation and from every nation, anyone who comes to Him and bows at His feet and receives and accepts the blessings that come from that finished work of Christ will be eternally saved.
The action is finished, but the results continue. The work is done, but the effect continues. Only its effect is felt and remembered by us.
For believers, Christ's final should be a constant encouragement that we do not need to spin our wheels or worry about the future; His finished work secures our glorious and eternal destiny as a child of God.
If you have never experienced the finished work of the Cross of Christ, you can today. Right now you can say, "It is finished. Lord God, I come surrendering my life to You. I know that You have conquered sin and death. I accept Your gift of eternal life."
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for finishing what You came to do, conquering sin and death. Thank You for the eternal security I have as Your child. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession - to the praise of his glory" (Ephesians 1:13-14).
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