After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” (τετέλεσται) and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
We usually like to connect a blog post with the release or the highlight of a new design. But with this design in particular, we wanted to write a blog post not because we felt like we should but we honestly couldn't help it.
This word τετέλεσται, Tetelestai, "It is finished" is so exhilarating, so overwhelming, such sweet, sweet honey for the tired soul that we couldn't help it. We are bursting at the seems to write about this word.
“an ocean of meaning in a drop of language, a mere drop. 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. IT IS FINISHED is the most charming note in all of Calvary’s music. The fire has passed upon the Lamb. He has borne the whole of the wrath that was due to His people. This is the royal dish of the feast of love.”
So what is finished?
First & foremost, the wrath of God towards his people.
No one likes that word. But it is a word that we have to come face to face with. And when we do, we can really see the beauty of what Jesus did.
In the Old Testament, God's future wrath towards sin & wickedness is often referred to as the cup of wrath. Jesus when he is praying in the garden before the cross he asks God to let this cup pass from him. This cup is the cup of wrath that Jesus drank down like a rowdy twenty something and slammed the cup on the table and exclaimed "It is finished."
I finished it.
I drank it down.
I drank it in.
It is finished.
When Jesus went to the cross, he went to drink down the cup that the sin of the world had been pouring since Adam & Eve. The cup is empty now.
This is what Tetelestai means. It means that it is finished. The cup of God's wrath has been finished.
But do we really believe this?
I know I struggle to remember and believe this, like really believe it.
Like believe it deep in my bones.
Here is the reality -- The wrath of God towards his people, towards you, those who trust in Christ, has been finished.
THERE IS NO MORE WRATH LEFT.
Yeah but, you don't realize what I did...
No, THE CUP HAS BEEN FINISHED.
There is no wrath left. God has spent all of his wrath on Jesus. He poured every ounce of it out onto Jesus' shoulders. What wrath could he come after you with? What could separate you from the Father?
Christian brother, sister - Look to Jesus. He is a good savior. He didn't kind of save you. He didn't potentially save you if you are good enough. He fully, completely, ultimately saved his people. It is totally finished. Not 99% finished.
Not almost saved. Fully saved.
Not almost finished. Fully finished.
There is nothing left for you to do but rest in the Cross.
This video is a beautiful reminder of the gospel. Go watch it & be reminded that Christ is enough.