it is finished

It is finished – Jesus paid for it all, but what does it mean? Find out here. Photo: PEXELS/Pixabay


It is finished. The price has been paid in full. You now have full access to the Kingdom of God and all that comes with His presence.

it is finished

It is finished – Jesus paid for it all, but what does it mean? Find out here. Photo: PEXELS/Pixabay

It is finished. These were the final words of Jesus just before He died on the cross.

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture  would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 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. 30 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 (NIV)

Anyone’s last words are important, but Jesus’ last words carry unique significance.

What does this mean? What is finished?

The full price was paid! The work of salvation was complete – hallelujah! Through His death on the cross, Christ gave us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This was His victory cry, declaring to us that we can now rest in His finished work!

His PAIN in the garden and on the Cross, became POWER in the tomb as He went into hell and  captured the keys of death and hades (Revelation 1:18)!

No longer does death have a sting, because the Devil had no legal right to claim the life of the  sinless, spotless lamb of God. Thus, by going to hell, He was able to defeat the power of death!

Christ then rose from the dead on the 3rd day – the same days as the Jewish festival of “First Fruits”. The Hebrew word for “first fruit’ is bikkurim—literally translated to “promise to come.”

In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul mentions Christ as the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Just  as Christ was resurrected, we too have the promise of receiving resurrection life through Him!

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The sacrifice is accomplished! 

In the Old Testament, every year, on the day of Atonement, the High Priest entered the temple to  make a sacrifice for the people of Israel. Once complete, he would emerge saying: “It is finished”.

However, this was always only a temporary solution because it had to be repeated annually. This act  was a foreshadowing of Christ, who died once for all, meaning that there is now no need for further  sacrifices! 

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the  Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.”

Hebrews 9:12 (NIV)

The work is complete! 

During His time on earth, Jesus said that His purpose was to provide salvation to a lost and broken  world. Luke 19:10 (NIV) “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” 

There is nothing that we can add for our salvation to be completed: His work is complete – Tetelestai! 

The debt is paid in full

In Jesus’ day, a fully paid-up debt was verified as “tetelestai” i.e., completely/permanently paid for.

Our sin creates a debt that we could never pay for, even by our own blood! (Because death is the  penalty of sin). But our sinless saviour, Jesus – our High Priest – offered Himself to God as a single  sacrifice for sins – for all debts, for all of time! 

Christ’s BLOOD paid for our sin, His BODY paid for our sickness (by His stripes we have been healed: 1 Peter 2:24) and His SEPARATION FROM GOD (as seen in the scripture below), means that we no longer have to be separated from Him. 

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli,  lama sabachthani?” that is to say, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?”

Matthew 27:46 (KJ21)

It is finished! Tetelestai! Because of the price Jesus paid, we have full access to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords – FOREVER!


Oh Abba, the price you paid by forsaking your Son so that we could be redeemed and delivered, is  unfathomable. And Jesus, we cannot begin to understand the depths of the love you have for us,  revealed by going the whole way on the Cross. 

We stand in awe of you, Holy God, and give you all the praise, honor and glory due your name. In humble adoration we pray. 


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