“It is Finished!”

By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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TEXT: (John 19:30Tetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... », KJV) When Jesus613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finishedTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... »!” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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Introduction

The GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » sentence τετέλεσται (tetelestaiTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... ») is translated “It is finished” in English. It comes from the root wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » τελέω (teleoTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... ») which means complete or accomplish. Teleo which is derived from telosTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » (a goal achieved, a consummationThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... », a result attained) and means to bring something to a successful end to or to its intended or destined goal.

The word teleo occurs in JohnJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » 19:28 and 19:30, and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. In 19:28 it is translated, “After this, when Jesus knew that all things were now completedTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... », in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, he said, ‘I thirst.’” Two verses later, he utters the word himself: “Then when he received the sour wineThis Man Trusts His Workers But Look What They Do to His Son and Messengers. His Envoys Do Not Return so He Comes Back with Vengeance!. Read more ... » Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ».”

In the New Testament times the word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts to indicate that a bill had been paid in full.

Tetelestai is in the perfect tense which describes a past completed act with present effectThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... », emphasizing that the past completed event of Christ“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... »’s deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » on the CrossThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » has ongoing, even permanent effects.

Tetelestai gives a lot of avenues for speculation among preachers. The word “it” gives a lot of recollections among ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... ». You hear them year after year. Today I wish to remind us with three meanings of tetelestai:

I. Tetelestai: The SalvationJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » is Completed.

To recall our past messages, Jesus was the LambThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » that the FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » gave to humankind, and offered for the forgivenessThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of our sinsNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ».salvation_in_no_other_name

We don’t need to practice what the JewsLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » and SamaritansJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » have been practicing re: offeringThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » animals for the forgiveness of their sins.

Jesus’ offering of himself is just one timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... », and it has far reaching effect. We don’t need to do it for our sins since Jesus did it for us. His sacrificeThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » was effective before, still effective today, and still effective in the future. His sacrifice is once and for all! His sacrifice is not only for us Christians but also for all! Since salvation is offered for all peoples!

Hebrews 10:12Tetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » says, “But this man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » (Jesus), after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God” (KJV).

We Protestants do not believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » what our kabayan (countrymen, thoseFolk Catholics) are practicing, they do penitesiya (penitenceTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... ») hoping that through those acts their sins will be forgiven. Some of our kababayan are letting themselves to be crucified on the cross, some of them whipThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... » their bodies. Some of them allow their bodies to be sliced with knife or razor. These practices are useless in the sight of God regarding the salvation of mankind. Jesus did it already for our salvation.

 II. Tetelestai: The DiscipleshipThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » is CulminatedTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... ».

Yesterday we discussed John 13:1-17, 31b-35. During the Last Supper, Jesus still taught his disciplesJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » on how to be good Christians and disciples. He taught humilityThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... », servanthoodThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... », loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » one another, and the gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » of God.discipleship

We can say that the three-year training of the disciples had completed or culminated. For three years they had fellowship with Jesus. They saw how the Son of GodJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » ministered to people. He inspired, and prepared them for the greater tasks ahead of them. We can say that all of them, but one, received their D.D. (Deeper Discipleship“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... ») on the cross. Their graduation was on the feet of Jesus during his sufferingA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » on the cross, and the valedictory address of Jesus for them is tetelestai!

III. Tetelestai: God’s KingdomThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » is ConsummatedTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... ».

Let me ask you, what was the first messageThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... » of John the BaptistThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », Jesus ChristThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », and Jesus also commanded his disciples to preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » the same? You are right, it was about the Kingdom of GodThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... ».

RepentThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », because the kingdom from heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » is near!”  (Mt 3:2, 4:17, 23).

As you (the disciples) go, make this announcement: ‘The kingdom from heaven is near!’  (Mt 10:7)

The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul (Acts 19:8; 20:25, 28:31), and Philip also preached about the Kingdom of God (Acts 8:12).

The Kingdom is explained in many parablesThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » of Jesus. By reading them we will see the characteristics of the Kingdom. In the Kingdom we should be witnessesThe Message of Transfiguration. Read more ... » (Mt.5:13-16); we should prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » for the harvesters (Mt.9:37-38); the kingdom is present in the worldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » spreading and doing its work (Mt.13:24-30, 36-43). It has possibility of perfection (Mt.13:3); it is valuable (Mt.13:44-45). It teaches the value and importance of serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » (Mt.25:14-30; Lk.19:11-27). It emphasizes the importance of faithfulness in all we do (Lk.16:1-13). The parables affirm the presenceThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » of the GentilesDoes God Repent in Nineveh?. Read more ... » (Lk.14:7-14; 15-24; Mt.22:1-14). It costs everything to follow and to proclaimYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » the Kingdom (Lk.14:31-33); and needs love in accommodating the lost (Lk.15:3-7; 15:8-10; 15:11-32).

The kingdom is here now, and even in the future. On the cross Jesus finished his preaching of the Kingdom, and offered it to everybody who will believe in Him.

David NaugleTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » summarizes,

Simply put, the Kingdom is the cross! The cross is the Kingdom – in disguise! Yes, there on the cross, God in Christ conquered sin, defeated death, and triumphed over SatanThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... ». Sounds like a Kingdom victory to me! Yet it could not have appeared more unkingly. Jesus hung there in apparent defeat. There He suffered and died. Satan appears to have won the battle. Yet by this means, Jesus triumphed over God’s enemiesThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » and ours, and shares that victory with those who believe. Jesus is Christus Victor! By means of this victory, we are restored to God and our true purposes as human beings. It is the mystery of the Kingdom that makes us new creatures in Christ (colsoncenter.org).

 Conclusion

tetelestaiTetelestai—it was a cry of victory in the hour of defeat as in John 16:33,

“I have told you this so that through me you may have peaceCHURCH PLANTING VISION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Read more ... ». In the world you will have trouble, but be courageous—I have overcome the world!”

The evangelist Alexander WootenTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » was approached by a young man who asked, “What must I DO to be saved?” Wooten replied “It’s too late!” The young man became alarmed asking “Do you mean that it’s too late for me to be saved? Is there nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » I can DO?” Wooten replied “Too late! It’s already been DONE! (IT IS FINISHED!) The only thing you can DO is BELIEVE.”

It is done. It is finished! Tetelestai! Tetelestai! Tapos na po!

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