Summary: You are probably saying to yourself – what in the name of the Lord does the word "tetelestai" mean? It means to bring something to its ultimate conclusion.

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John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up His Spirit.

You are probably saying to yourself – what in the name of the Lord does the word "tetelestai" mean? We must first define the word, "tetelestai" It come from the Greek root "TELOS" to make an end, a consummation; to fully accomplish; to bring to its ultimate conclusion. More than that it is a Perfect Passive Verb.


We are in the week before (what the world considers as) the most Holy Day of the Year. The resurrection and the empty tomb is the central sanctuary of the Christian faith. It is our rallying point (but that is for next week). We have the week of good Friday coming up but the only really good things is that it will be the end of the work week for most – Jesus did not die on Friday – He died on Wednesday.

Some of the old painters had a way of putting themselves into their pictures. The Dutch painter Rembrandt painted his own face on the soldier driving the nails through the hands of Jesus. The song that Jeannie sang this morning is truly appropriate. I do not know what kind of a picture you can conjure up as you paint the picture of the crucifixion of Jesus on the canvas of your own imagination but any picture that leaves you out of the picture is a false impression. The weight of your sins and mine was on the hand that held the hammer that drove the nails through the hands and the feet of Jesus and riveted Him to those timbers of torture that we call the cross. We all share equal blame for the crucifixion.

For some time now, we have been hearing about Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, the biblical account of the last hours of Christ’s earthly life. Some claim it is too violent and graphic. Some claim it is anti-Semitic, even though Mel filmed his own hand nailing Jesus to the cross because he said that he and all living are equally guilty in Jesus’ death.

THE CROSS is the symbol of our faith. You will remember that Paul said,

Gal 6:14,15 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.


The cross doesn’t seem to be a scene in which a person could glory.

(Describe the scene of the cross) the stakos

We might see it as a scene of suffering, excruciating pain, a place of agony, grief and misery. A place of death. A place of judgment but it is hard to see the cross as a place of glory. However, Paul thought it was and we should also.

The cross had a tremendous effect on every one and every thing. Think of this: The Cross specifically effected:

God The Father - God The Son - God the H.SP.

Angels, Satan, Demons, & All mankind.

In fact, after the cross no one or no thing could ever be the same again. It changed the entire course of history for Creation, Angels (both good and bad) and all mankind.

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