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“Tetelestai.” It is Finished.

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 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. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:28-30)

When Jesus said the words, “It is finished,” He meant them and He continues to mean them. In Greek, “Tetelestai,” means “it is finished,” and this is the language Jesus spoke when He died on the cross.

“Tetelestai” is in the perfect tense in Greek. Dr. Ray Pritchard from says,  “That’s significant because the perfect tense speaks of an action which has been completed in the past with results continuing into the present. That’s because in the Greek When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant “It was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future.'”

So, it was finished when Jesus died on the cross, and it continues to be finished when we sin today. That’s the good news that was accomplished on Good Friday! If you don’t know about Jesus’ amazing work on the cross for you, learn about His love and what it means to know Him here.