Seven Sayings – It is Finished

 

How many unfinished projects do you have?   How many finished events still have an effect on you today?

It is finished.

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.

  • The first recorded words of Jesus when 12-years old: “Did you not know, I must be about My Father’s business?” The work Jesus was doing was the works of His Father.  On the cross, the Father’s business was finished.

Tetelestai

  • Tetelestai – Paid in full
    • Gal. 3:13a, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,”
    • Eph. 1:7, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”
    • 1 Cor. 6:20, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
  • Perfect Tense (present + aorist)
  • Finished in a moment
    • Mathew Henry noted all that is finished: “It is finished; that is, the counsels of the Father concerning his sufferings were now fulfilled. It is finished; all the types and prophecies of the Old Testament, which pointed at the sufferings of the Messiah, were accomplished. It is finished; the ceremonial law is abolished; the substance is now come, and all the shadows are done away. It is finished; an end is made of transgression by bringing in an everlasting righteousness. His sufferings were now finished, both those of his soul, and those of his body. It is finished; the work of man’s redemption and salvation is now completed.”
  • Will continue to be finished
    • This indicates the ongoing nature of our salvation. This is so important because it shows a condition, a state of being, a resting place.
    • We are saved at a specific point in time, “it is finished”, our debt is paid, we are ransomed from the kingdom of darkness, and then we confidently rest in the reality that “it will continue to be finished” because we are in a position of grace and stand justified for all time before God.

The thing is finished.  Now go and tell.