It is finished. John 19:30

Most, if this were their dying moments,  would not speaking such intelligible words. But Jesus keeps communicating profound truth.

It is finished

The word that is used here is the word tetelestai,

Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 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 completed, 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 wine Jesus said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

The word tetelestai was known to be written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.

He has paid our debt. He has fulfilled the scripture. He has taken the written code and nailed it to the cross, fulfilling the law. The end of the Old Testament sacrifices. He has fulfilled all the types and images of The Christ. Jesus Finished The Job That The Father Gave Him To Do. Jesus Achieved Victory Over The Devil. It truly is finished.

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