7 Sayings of Christ on the Cross - 7 PARTS
PART 6 - Christ’s Sixth Saying
…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.
From the beginning, Satan opposed the work of redemption. Beginning with Abel’s death, he attempted to hinder the coming of the Messiah. But the Lord Jesus was not ignorant of Satan’s devices (II Corinthians 2:11). Through His life and ministry, He fought the enemy with the Word (Matthew 4:1-11). But in His death, glory be to God, the Seed of the woman crushed the head of him “…that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).
The word ‘finished’ occurs 3 times:
a) Genesis 2:1. At the completion of God’s physical creation,
b) John 19:30. When salvation was completed on the cross.
c) Revelation 16:17. “It is done” at the 7’ vial judgment.
Here our Lord Jesus used the Greek word “Tetelestai” meaning, “It is finished, and as a result it is forever done.” The very words of the Lord Jesus, “It is finished,” make it clear that He did win! When Jesus cried, “It is finished,” the redemptive work He came to accomplish was done. Nothing else needed to be added to it.
The word “Tetelestai” speaks of accomplishment, satisfaction, and victory!
Examples of this are:
Paul said “I have finished my course.” II Timothy 4:6-8. Will you finish your life’s work that God has given you to do?
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for sending Jesus to shed His blood, to die, and pay the price for my sins. Thank You for giving Him the strength to finish the work He did at Calvary. He did it all. He finished the work You sent Him to do. In Jesus name, Amen.
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