Thursday, April 01, 2010

It Is Finished!

On the cross, the Savior declared that His redemptive work was completed (John 19:30). It's just one word in Greek: tetelestai. This one word is full of meaning and significance.

This is not the moan of a defeated man resigning to his fate. This is not a sigh of relief because the physical suffering is over. No, this is the triumphant recognition that He has now fully accomplished the work He came to do. This is the cry of triumph.

Spurgeon said of this cry, “it would need all the other words that ever were spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain this one word. It is altogether immeasurable. It is high; I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot fathom it.”

Jesus perfectly accomplished His work.
Jesus left nothing undone or incomplete.
Jesus left nothing unfinished or deficient.
Jesus left nothing unaccomplished or lacking.
His work was totally sufficient.

Meditate on an implication from this cry of victory:
Since Jesus paid it all, nothing needs to be added to His finished work.

All our hope has to be in His Work, not our works.

Derek Tidball wrote, “This single word rings out from the crucified Christ like a trumpet blast. It is finished, It is accomplished. The work his Father had sent him to do has been completed. The Father’s will had been obeyed to the last detail. The Father’s love had been revealed in its ultimate form. The Father’s grace had been released in the most convincing manner. The Father’s forgiveness had been purchased with the costliest payment. The Father’s glory had been displayed in the least expected way. The Father’s enemies had been definitively defeated" (Message of the Cross, p. 174).

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