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It Is Finished

Last words are often the most important. When Jesus was on the cross, one of the final words he said was, "it is finished." The original Greek word uttered by Jesus was 'teleo', which literally means a sentence is paid, completed, carried out. In Biblical times it was often used as a legal term. When a suspect was found guilty and sentenced he would be issued a written penalty, then the guilty person and the penalty would be delivered to the jailer. When the penalty was satisfied, on the final day the jailer would write on the penalty 'teleo'. If the guilty person was ever questioned about satisfying their penalty, they would simply need to present the penalty document to show that it was paid in full.

Even in today's legal system, my guilt must be satisfied somehow. If I were found guilty of breaking the law, in the courtroom the judge would sentence me to pay for my crime. To put this into today's terms, it would be like the judge passing sentence, then stand up, take off his robe and present himself to serve my penalty. My penalty is satisfied; not by me but by a substitute. Christ satisfied God's justice by dying for me to pay for my sins. These sins can never be punished again since that would violate God's justice. Sins can only be punished once, either by a substitute or by myself. Jesus paid the penalty for me - teleo!

John 19:28-30 "Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, "I am thirsty." A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, "It is finished!" Then he bowed his head and released his spirit."

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