When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.John 19:30
What did Jesus mean by “It is finished!” What is finished?
It is finished is Tetelestai in Greek. It is an accounting term that means “paid in full.” From Romans 3:23-25, we know that mankind owed God a sin debt. That was the debt that Jesus paid in full.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified [afreely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousnessRomans 3:23-25
Alright, my sin debt to God has been paid by Jesus. Why is that important to me?
It means I don’t have to pay it anymore because I am no longer short of the glory of God. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I don’t have to work for my fellowship with God.
The enemy can no longer accuse me of wrong-doings. And if I falter, I can run straight to God for comfort and not condemnation. There is hope.
What did Jesus mean when He said “It is finished”
Jesus’s final utterance inspired a worship song called Finished. Sing it to the Lord Jesus and meditate on His unrelentless love.
Declare to the Lord that no other works other than His can qualify to pay the price for full salvation.
Lyrics for Finished
Words & music by Josiah Lim and Karen Lim
Copyright 2014 New Creation Church Singapore
Surely as the dawn awakes Your love for me will never fade Relentless love pursued my soul Till condemnation lost its hold You took my sin The just for the unjust You made me Yours Through Your redeeming blood No other works can qualify You paid in full salvation’s price I’m given life by nail-scarred hands To worship You with all I am You took my sin The just for the unjust You made me Yours Through Your redeeming blood Conquered death Reversing every curse You broke the chains You tore the veil Glorious King The name above all names You paid in full You rose to reign Everything gained I count loss In the light of the cross Every demand made You paid With the stripes that You bore You are all I need You are all I need
This song can be found in the Anthem of Grace Worship Album.