Summary: "It is finished" is equivalent to "paid in full". What was the bill? What was the price? What was paid in full?
Illustrate Humor: Goodbye, mother! -- Walking through a supermarket, a young man noticed an old lady following him around. He ignored her for a while, but when he got to the checkout line, she got in front of him. "Pardon me," she said. "I’m sorry if I’ve been staring, but you look just like me son who died recently. "I’m sorry for your loss," the young man replied. "Is there anything I can do for you?" "Well, as I’m leaving, could you just say ’Goodbye, mother!?’ It would make me feel so much better." She gave him a sweet smile. "Of course I can," the young man promised. As she gathered her bags and left, he called out "Goodbye, mother!" just as she had requested, feeling good about her smile. Stepping up to the counter, he saw that his total was about $100 higher than it should be. "That amount is wrong," he said. "I only have a few items!" "Oh, your mother said that you would pay for her," explained the clerk.
1 PP SLIDE: Sermon Study 288 ¡V WORD OF VICTORY
Key Passage: John 19:30a - When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 2 PP SLIDE: "It is finished."
¡§It is finished¡¨ = Greek word: ƒäƒÕƒäƒÕƒÜƒÕƒãƒäƒÑƒÙ receipts from taxes were recovered written across them, meaning ¡§paid in full.¡¨
¡§tetelestai¡¨ = to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt)
1. The servant, when the work was complete would say to his master, ¡§tetelestai¡¨
2. The priest would exam the sacrifice and when he accepts it, he would say ¡§tetelestai¡¨
3. The merchant, when the transaction was complete would say, ¡§tetelestai¡¨
4. The tax collected, when the taxes were paid would write on the bill ¡§tetelestai¡¨
5. The artist, when he completed his masterpiece and was satisfied would say, ¡§tetelestai¡¨
6. The runner, when he completed the race and won, would say, ¡§tetelestai¡¨
7. Jesus, when He completed His mission to take our punishment for sin said, ¡§tetelestai¡¨
3 PP SLIDE: 1. What was the bill? DEATH
„Ã 1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
„Ã James 1:15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
„Ã Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
4 PP SLIDE: 2. What was the price? BLOOD
„Ã Hebrews 9:22 - In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
„Ã Isaiah 53:5 - But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
„Ã Mat 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
5 PP SLIDE: 3. What was paid in full? SIN & DEATH
I Died On The Battlefield - Dwight L. Moody told of the young man who did not want to serve in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army. When he was drafted, a friend volunteered to go in his place. The substitution was made, and some time later the surrogate was killed in battle. However, the same young man was, through a clerical error, drafted again. "You can’t take me" he told the startled officers. "I’m dead. I died on the battlefield." They argued that they could see him standing right in front of them, but he insisted they look on the roll to find the record of his death. Sure enough, there on the roll was the man’s name, with another name written beside it. The case finally went to the emperor himself. After examining the evidence, Napoleon said, "Through a surrogate, this man has not only fought, but has died in his country’s service. No man can die more than once, therefore the law has no claim on him."
Two thousand years ago, Jesus went to the cross to bear the penalty that rightly belongs to us. He died in our place. And through Him, our names are written in the book with His name written beside ours.
„Ã Rom 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Rom 8:2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
„Ã Col. 2:13-15 - When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.