It Is Finished

In Apologetics, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved on March 27, 2009 at 4:05 am




(John 19:30 HCSB)  When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” Then bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.


(Mat 27:50 HCSB)  Jesus shouted again with a loud voice and gave up His spirit.


This is the 6th cry from the cross and it came quickly after his agonizing shout “I am thirsty”. We have a completed picture of why Jesus was given to us by the Father. He finished his life knowing he completed everything he had been sent to do. I wonder if any of us will ever have the same satisfaction of knowing we had completed our purpose for living. The cry from the cross “It is finished” is really one Greek word tetelestai. Τελέω teleō  tel-eh’-o From G5056; to end, that is, complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt): – accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform. teleō

Thayer Definition:

1) to bring to a close, to finish, to end 1a) passed, finished

2) to perform, execute, complete, fulfill, (so that the thing done corresponds to what has been said, the order, command etc.) 2a) with special reference to the subject matter, to carry out the contents of a command 2b) with reference also to the form, to do just as commanded, and generally involving the notion of time, to perform the last act which completes a process, to accomplish, fulfill

3) to pay 3a) of tribute

Part of Speech: verb


As you can see the emphasis is on carrying out a command and completing or paying a debt. When Jesus spoke this we aren’t told what is finished at this point or brought to competition. Yet we know that it’s clear this was for our redemption and the rest of the New Testament fills in the blanks for us. When Jesus shouted “Tetelestai” this was the most triumphant cry in all history. In him all the sins of the world had just been paid for and the wrath of the Father had been spent on Him. Remember Jesus was born to suffer and his purpose was to do the will of the Father.


(1Pe 1:18-21 HCSB)  For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things, like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the times for you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

When was our rescue and salvation planned? When did the Father and Son put into motion the salvation plan that we have access to today?


(Eph 1:3-5 HCSB)  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, in Christ; for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,


When did God choose us to share in his plan?


We see at the cross the Old Testament sacrificial system fulfilled and the shadows of the prophets now have the full light of day shining on the death of Jesus. The only benefit derived from the old sacrificial system was ceremonial but it could not clean the conscience of man. Everyone knew that an animal could not substitute for a human being. We not see from the verses above and the death on the cross that Jesus was “Very God of Very God” and “Very Man of Very Man” the man God Jesus. Now he could mark the bill of transgression paid in full “Tetelestai.” In ancient times this word was used on bills of sale for final payment. The justice of God was now satisfied paid by this great price, his Only Begotten Son.


(Heb 10:11-18 HCSB)  Now every priest stands day after day ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God. He is now waiting until His enemies are made His footstool.

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. For after He had said: This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds, He adds: I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts. Now where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.


It Is Finished is the statement that’s us free. Now the prophecy in Gen of the seed of the woman had triumphed over the loathsome serpent.


(John 12:31 HCSB)  Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out.


Take all your sin that you have ever committed and make it “Paid in Full”

·        Abortion-Paid in Full

·        Fornication- Paid in Full

·        Cheating- Paid in Full

·        Greed- Paid in Full

·        Criminal behavior- Paid in Full

·        Selfishness- Paid in Full

·        Anger- Paid in Full

·        Hatred- Paid in Full

Anything you can think of put on a piece of paper write them out and IN BIG BOLD LETTERS MARK THEM                Paid in Full


(Heb 10:19-22 HCSB)  Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He has inaugurated for us, through the curtain (that is, His flesh); and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.



God is no longer restricted to the Holy of Holies in the temple. We now have access to the Father through Jesus and we have become the temples ourselves. Jesus did in one day what no human could have done in all eternity. God’s justice on behalf of those who rejected his Son could never be satisfied by anyone else for the simple reason that only he can meet His own standards. Our best behavior and good works could never match up with Jesus’ righteousness. There no good we can do to earn his favor or enter Heaven.


(Isa 64:6 MKJV)  But we are all as the unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as a menstruation cloth. And we all fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


Imagine our last words or for that matter al our words what would they be? When we think of how Jesus died we should never look at death the same way again. We need to remember that Jesus willingly gave up his Spirit as an act of personal volition, a choice he made. His Spirit was under His control till he gave it up to the Father. His life was not taken from Him on the cross; He yielded or dismissed His spirit. He also died in His Fathers hands.


In conclusion if your spirit does not go into the hands of God for safekeeping, it will go into the hands of God for judgment. The same hands that speak of hope and comfort also speak of terror and punishment.


(Heb 10:31 MKJV)  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


I am posting a small sample from Jonathon Edwards “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” sermon delivered in 1784. By the way a very influential man in the founding of our country before the fabrication of the “wall of separation” so vehemently ascribed to today.


The use of this awful subject may be for awakening unconverted persons in this congregation. This that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. — That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone, is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor any thing to take hold of; there is nothing between you and hell but the air; it is only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.

You probably are not sensible of this; you find you are kept out of hell, but do not see the hand of God in it; but look at other things, as the good state of your bodily constitution, your care of your own life, and the means you use for your own preservation. But indeed these things are nothing; if God should withdraw his hand, they would avail no more to keep you from falling, than the thin air to hold up a person that is suspended in it.Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a falling rock. Were it not for the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment; for you are a burden to it; the creation groans with you; the creature is made subject to the bondage of your corruption, not willingly; the sun does not willingly shine upon you to give you light to serve sin and Satan; the earth does not willingly yield her increase to satisfy your lusts; nor is it willingly a stage for your wickedness to be acted upon; the air does not willingly serve you for breath to maintain the flame of life in your vitals, while you spend your life in the service of God’s enemies. God’s creatures are good, and were made for men to serve God with, and do not willingly subserve to any other purpose, and groan when they are abused to purposes so directly contrary to their nature and end. And the world would spew you out, were it not for the sovereign hand of him who hath subjected it in hope. There are the black clouds of God’s wrath now hanging directly over your heads, full of the dreadful storm, and big with thunder; and were it not for the restraining hand of God, it would immediately burst forth upon you. The sovereign pleasure of God, for the present, stays his rough wind; otherwise it would come with fury, and your destruction would come like a whirlwind, and you would be like the chaff on the summer threshing floor…..


The question begs to be asked are you afraid of death? Does the uncertainness of the future scare you?

Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you prepared for your own mortality?

Are you depressed, lonely, disappointed, hurting, stressed, and dejected?


Jesus calls out to you right now-

(Mat 11:28-30 MKJV)  Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.


(Rev 3:20-21 HCSB)  Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me. The victor: I will give him the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I also won the victory and sat down with My Father on His throne.


Grace-Heaven is a free gift

(Rom 6:23 HCSB)  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


It is not earned or deserved

(Eph 2:8-9 HCSB)  For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift–not from works, so that no one can boast.


Man-is a sinner

(Rom 3:23 HCSB)  For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.


He cannot save himself

(Mat 5:48 HCSB)  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


God-is merciful and doesn’t want to punish us.

(1Jn 4:8 HCSB)  … because God is love.


But God is also just and must punish our sin

(Exo 34:7 HCSB) ..But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.


Christ-is both God and Man

(Joh 1:1 HCSB)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.


(Joh 1:14 HCSB)  The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.


He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and purchase a place in Heaven for us


(Isa 53:6 HCSB)  We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the LORD has punished Him for the iniquity of us all.


Faith-saving faith is not just head knowledge nor just temporary faith

(Jas 2:19 HCSB)  You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe–and they shudder.


Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for our eternal life.

(Act 16:31 HCSB)  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.”



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