John 19:30: So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
The sixth word or saying that Jesus spoke from the cross was the single Greek work tetelestai which means It is finished. Papyri receipts for taxes have been recovered with the word tetelestai written across them, meaning “paid in full.” This word on Jesus’ lips was significant. When He said, “It is finished” (not “I am finished”), He meant His redemptive work was completed. He had been made sin for people and had suffered the penalty of God’s justice which sin deserved. Even in the moment of His death, Jesus remained the One who gave up His life. 1
Your Word is Truth
Jesus said “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” He gave His life so we would not have to face the death penalty for our sin. Do you live each day like someone released from prison because your Friend was executed for your crime? Death has no sting because Jesus removed its stinger on the cross. Live the liberated life of a forgiven convict with a clean record.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. –2 Corinthians 5:21
You Alone are God
“It is Finished!” means Jesus paid the ransom that death demanded. – TWEET IT
Your Will be Done
Lord, thank You that Your work on the cross completely satisfied all of death’s demands.
1. Walvoord, John F., & Zuck, R. B., Dallas Theological Seminary. (1985). The Bible Knowledge Commentary