The Word That Shook the World
taken from a message given by Adrian Rogers
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, ‘It is finished’”
The ancient Greeks boasted in being able to say so much with so few words. That’s what happened when Jesus said just one word─Tetelesti. But that word shook the world.
In John 19:30, Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished.” In English it may be three words, but in Greek, it’s one word: Tetelesti. With that single word, His cry meant “paid in full, completed, summed up in essence.”
When Jesus said, “It is finished,” He meant all of the prophecies had been fulfilled. It is absolutely, indescribably amazing to study the prophecies that deal with the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ.
One such prophecy in Psalm 69:21 is fulfilled in our Scripture above, “They gave me also gall for my meat and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”
Another powerful example is in Psalm 22. It reads as though the writer was actually standing at the foot of the cross and yet it was written centuries before the Lord Jesus Christ was even born. I would encourage you to read Psalm 22 again.
What’s the lesson for us? Just as surely and accurately as the prophecies concerning His first coming were fulfilled, those concerning His second coming are going to be fulfilled! There are two threads─the red thread of blood redemption and the golden thread of His second coming.
In uttering Tetelesti, Jesus is also saying the anguish and the heartbreak of the cross is finished. I don’t believe that you and I in our wildest imagination can begin to understand what Jesus Christ suffered upon that cross.
We can’t comprehend that upon the cross of Calvary, Jesus Christ paid for all of the sin for all of the world, for all of the time, for all of the eternity that any man, any woman, any boy, and any girl would ever have to pay.
Jesus Christ in six hours upon the cross suffered all the hell that you and I would suffer for eternity.
But the cruelty of the cross was the final suffering. There were so many other ways He suffered even before He got to the cross─the Garden of Gethsemane, the mock trials, the spitting in His face, the beatings and mockings.
But it was not the physical suffering that redeemed us. At midday the glowing face of the sun hid and the shade of night and darkness was pulled. The veil was pulled across the sun symbolizing the greater spiritual darkness that Jesus was in. And Jesus gave those words from Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
Jesus Christ hung on that cross forsaken of God, deserted by man. Alone…Jesus Christ died. He took your suffering, your shame, and your separation. He was separated from God the Father and all the while men jeered and taunted, and God the Father turned His back.
I thank God He’ll never go to the cross again. But I want to tell you─once for all, forever and ever─He has bought redemption for you. It is finished.
The Way of Salvation
God’s mighty work of redemption was finished. When Jesus died, all that was necessary for you to be forgiven and to be saved was done. There’s nothing for you to do but to receive by faith and repentance what Jesus Christ as already done, for it is finished.
You see, that’s why He came. Jesus said in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.”
We are the sinners, the criminals. We are the ones that had the death sentence pronounced against us. But Jesus Christ took it out of the way and nailed it to His cross. And it’s written, “It is finished.”
All you need to do now is to receive what He has done. Every stain, every blot, every blur, every blemish that ever came across your soul, Jesus has done it all. Oh, it’s not what you do, my friend, it’s what He has done. Jesus Christ has purchased your salvation. Tetelesti, it's finished.
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