Summary: Words uttered at the end of a man's life take on extra significance. What did our Lord say in His final moments? And what do they speak to us today?

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John 19:28-30

28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, "I am thirsty."

29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus' lips.

30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.


One Word:

In the original Greek language of John’s Gospel,

there is only one word for this final saying of Jesus

To translate it into English, we have to use three words

but when it was spoken, it was only one word, Tetelestai,

So much meaning, an ocean of meaning

In this single word, “Finished”

It needs so many more words to explain the context and meaning

of this one word, “Finished”


And it so aptly captures the entire saving work of Christ

Its meaning is so great, I can’t do it justice here today

Its meaning is so deep, we cannot entirely understand it all

But I’m going to try…

1: “Finished”

Finished, It is Finished…

I want you to imagine the tone in which Jesus uttered this word,

-Do you think he said it dejectedly (say dejectedly)

-Do you think he said it with a sense of relief, as if he was glad that things were over (say with relief)

-Do you think it somehow barely uttered it out of his mouth as the final gasp and cry of someone defeated? (say it worn out)

-Do you think he was merely telling the crowd that that was it for him, death was at hand (say It’s over…)

Or, do you think this here is a punctuation mark, and a shout of victory? (say as a victorious shout!)


I believe it was a Victory Cry

I believe it was uttered with a loud voice.

There is nothing of anguish about it, there is no sorrow in it

It is the cry of One who has completed a tremendous task,

He knows death is near

He gives us the example death prayer of

“Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit,”

Then he shouts his life’s last expression in that one word, “Finished.”

I believe he was saying, “Mission Accomplished”

“Complete” “Done” “Finished” “Accomplished” “Victorious” “Conquered” - - and “We Won The Victory!”

2. Praise Him For It Is Finished

We should praise Him bc He finished it

He started it. And He finished it.

Think of how many things we start

And then think of how many things we finish

Treadmill Illustration here …

New Diets, Exercise Regimens… etc

And in life, we start out running like Champions

But soon we slack on the pace

And we fall exhausted on our Course

But God is not like us

He finished what he starts!

And we should praise Him for it

He finished His life work

It was a work He began as a child

In the Temple at the Age of 12, He told His earthly parents

I must be about my Father’s business

He knew there was task, work to be done

He persevered through the struggles

Persevered through the pains, was tempted in all ways like us

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