Summary: A New Year's Message on how we can FINISH Well this year.

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Title: FINISH Well


Text: John 19:28 – 30, Philippians 1:6, Hebrews 12:1 – 3

Offering: Matthew 6:19-20 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; (20) but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Opening Scripture:

After this, Jesus, knowing [103] that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:28-30


It was a dark day on this day. From the agonizing prayer in the garden, to the betrayal by a friend who was so close, to the scourging and beating, carrying His own cross on the journey to Golgotha, the crucifixion, the mocking and finally the preparation.

In this passage, Jesus prepares for the final fulfillment of scripture. The whole crucifixion was not something that caught God off guard but was prophesied thousands of years ago. Isaiah 53 reminds us of the suffering savior.

This was the culmination of the event. Notice what the passage says. “Jesus, knowing that all things were not accomplished, that the scripture by be fulfilled.” IOW Jesus had completed everything to fulfill the prophecies of scripture but also the final moment of redemption.

Then the last two sayings of Christ comes. First Jesus says, “I thirst”. It shows His humanity but it also shows his preparation for what happens next. They gave Him something to drink, another fulfillment of scripture from Psalms 69:21.

Then these final words, Greek: tel-eh'-o “It Is FINISHED”

Thayer’s: G5055 - Original: te?e´?

- Transliteration: Teleo - Phonetic: tel-eh'-o

- Definition:

1. to bring to a close, to finish, to end

a. passed, finished

2. to perform, execute, complete, fulfil, (so that the thing done corresponds to what has been said, the order, command etc.)

a. with special reference to the subject matter, to carry out the contents of a command

b. 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, fulfil

3. to pay

a. of tribute It is finished or paid Joh_19:30

It is FINISHED – YELL. Say it with me, say it loud.


Joh_19:30 "It is finished!" This is a perfect passive indicative. From the Synoptic Gospels we learned that He shouted this with a loud cry (cf. Mar_15:37; Luk_23:46; Mat_27:50). This refers to the finished work of redemption. This form of the term (telos) in the Egyptian papyri (Moulton and Milligan) was a commercial idiom for "paid in full."

What is finished?

The penalty for sin has been paid “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life” Romans 6:23

Ephesians and 1 Peter reminds us that He set the captive free.

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