Summary: THE LORD’S FINAL WORDS "IT IS FINISHED" 1. REVEALS THAT JESUS FAITHFULLY FULFILLED HIS MISSION, 2. REVEALS THE PERSEVERANCE OF JESUS.
FAITHFUL TILL THE END
"IT IS FINISHED"
THE SIXTH SAYING FROM THE CROSS IS FOUND IN JOHN 19:30.
"When He had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (John 19:30).
The Greeks had a race in their Olympic games that was unique. The winner was not the runner who finished first. It was the runner who finished with his torch still lit. (Fan The Flame, J. Stowell, Moody)
I hope we will run all the way with the flame of my torch still lit for Him
I JUST WANT TO SHARE TWO BIBLICAL TRUTHS REGARDING THIS STATEMENT:
I. THE STATEMENT "IT IS FINISHED" REVEALS THAT JESUS FAITHFULLY FULFILLED HIS MISSION TO SAVE MANKIND FROM SIN.
From the very beginning, God had a plan to save us from our sins.
"And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will" (Eph. 1:9-11).
Jesus executed God’s game plan perfectly and fulfilled His mission.
Interestingly, Jesus used the Greek word "tetelestai" for "it is finished."
Many leave this world with their tasks unfinished.
These three English words are actually one Greek Word -
TETELESTAI - - - IT IS FINISHED - IT IS ACCOMPLISHED - IT IS COMPLETED - THE WORK IS DONE ! - - - IT WAS NOT A CRY OF DEFEAT - IT WAS A SHOUT OF VICTORY ! TELELESTAI - IT IS FINISHED - IT STANDS FINISHED - IT WILL AWAYS BE FINISHED.
1. TO THE SERVANT - When the job was completed, the Servant would say to the master - TELELESTAI - meaning I have completed the job you gave me to do. I did it - I won – I overcame… And the Master will say to the servant - "Well Done…….
2. TO THE PRIEST - The Jewish people would bring their sacrifice to be offered - after the high priest examined and excepted it - He would say - TELELESTAI - meaning It is perfect, It is excepted!
3. TO THE MERCHANT - The debt had been fully paid – When you purchased something, the merchant would take your money and hand you a receipt - TELELESTAI – Paid in full.
4. TO THE ARTIST - When an Artist would complete his work, he would step back and say TELELESTAI - It is finished. The picture is completed and excellent work. When Jesus came, He completed the Old Testament Picture of the Christ to come - He completed the picture and turned the light on it. Song of Solomon 5:16 - He is altogether lovely…..Song of Solomon 5:10 - Jesus is the Chiefest of Ten Tousand….. (SermonCentral.com)
YES, IT IS FINISHED MEANS…. The Servant had finished His work, The Perfect Sacrifice had been offered, Sins debt had been paid in full, The Picture had been completed.
JESUS HAD FINISHED WHAT HE CAME TO EARTH TO DO - SATAN HAD BEEN DEFEATED !
IT IS FINISHED - - - TETELESTAI
The message of the cross is the all sufficiency of Jesus Christ. R. B. Jones wrote, "Nothing greater has ever been accomplished than that which was completed at the cross."
And through His victory…we become victorious.
That’s the grace of God in our lives. Jesus took our sin upon Himself and did what we couldn’t do. We have victory over sin and death because Jesus paid our debt in full!
The statement "it is finished" first reveals that Jesus faithfully fulfilled His mission to save us from sin.
II. SECOND, THE STATEMENT "IT IS FINISHED" REVEALS THE PERSEVERANCE OF JESUS.
"An artist in Mexico lost his right hand while working on a statue. But he did not give up his work. He learned to carve with his left hand. His beautifully finished masterpiece was called ’In Spite Of’ that became well known throughout the history."
1. In His life, Jesus faced many obstacles.
a. As a young child, King Herod tried to kill Him.
b. His family and friends rejected Him.
c. The religious leaders…the Pharisees and Sadducees branded Him as a false teacher.
d. His own disciples abandoned Him and denied even knowing Him.
e. He was arrested, falsely accused of being a criminal, crucified, and died a horrible death on a cross.
2. Although Jesus suffered greatly and faced many obstacles, He never gave up. He never quit. He never dropped out of the race.