Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday of Holy Week...Tetelestai!!!

After The Last Supper....Jesus goes to the Garden of Gethsemane to talk to His Father.

This earth stopping moment, where a boy asks His Daddy to help him!
"Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want Your Will to be done, not Mine."~Luke 22:42
 Jesus STILL chooses His Father's Will over His own.

Just before dawn...Jesus goes on trial before Pilate and Herod Antipas.

He was scourged and beaten 39 times with metal and leather whips.
("40 lashes minus one" was the law- because 40 was considered a death sentence.)
That means Jesus was brought to the very brink of death by stopping at 39.
Most did not survive this...God's Only Son did!
He was spit on and made fun of-

He was taunted and ridiculed with a crown of very sharp thorns-

and yet, He still found it in His Heart to say,
 "Father forgive them...they know not what they do." 

At exactly 9 am, they nailed Jesus to the cross.
"At noon the whole country was covered with darkness
which lasted for three hours." ~Matthew 27:45
(Is it no wonder?The Light of the world is being crucified)

God said it would be just like this in the Old Testament book of Amos.
“On that day…I will make the sun go down at noon,
 and darken the earth in broad daylight….
I will make it like the mourning for an Only Son,
and the end of it like a bitter day.” ~Amos 8:9-10

After 6 hours of unspeakable grueling agony, at exactly 3 pm,
Jesus looks up at His Father, yells-
"IT IS FINISHED!!!" ("TETELESTAI") and died.

"Tetelestai" is the Greek word for "It Is Finished."
When a servant was sent on a mission and then later returned to his master, he would say, "Tetelestai" which meant, "I have done exactly as you have requested or
"the mission is now accomplished".

"Tetelestai" was also the equivalent of the Hebrew word spoken by the high priest when he presented a sacrificial lamb without spot or blemish.

"Tetelestai" was also, in a secular sense, the word used in the business world to signify the full payment of a debt. When a debt had been fully paid off, the document on which the debt was recorded was stamped with "TETELESTAI," which meant the debt had been "paid in full."

Which is what Jesus did for you and me when He paid the ultimate price for all of our sins.

One more thing..."Tetelestai" is in the perfect tense. This is very significant because the perfect tense speaks of an action which has been completed in the past with results continuing into the present. It’s different from the past tense which looks back to an event and says, “This happened.” The perfect tense adds the idea that
“This happened and it is still in effect today.”

When Jesus cried out “It is finished,”
He meant, “It was finished in the past,
it is still finished in the present
and it will remain finished in the future.”

Finally on this Friday,
Jesus was placed in a strongly sealed and highly guarded tomb.
“The Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” ~John 1:29

"These six hours were no normal six hours. They were the most critical hours in history. For during those six hours on that Friday, God made it possible for you to know that: Your life is not futile. Your failures are not fatal. Your death is not final" ~Max Lucado

The Lamb of God.
His Eyes were set like flint on His Father and you were NEVER out of His Sight.
to this very still are.

God, I am so sorry. I love You.Thanks You God, that "Tetelestai" was for each and every single one of us.

In His Dust,


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is so powerful because it is true. Praise the name of Jesus!