In this Maundy Thursday sermon, Pastor Neil examines Jesus’ final words– It is finished! Here are some excerpts:
You may ask: What exactly did Jesus finish? There are several biblical answers. Jesus Himself said: “The Son of Man” (which is how He often referred to Himself) did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45). He paid the ransom to rescue us from our enslavement to sin.
John 3:16 and 17 tell us why Jesus came: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” This was the mission of Jesus. And He finished it in His suffering and death on the cross.
I John 3:8 says that “the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” When Jesus was on the cross and then in the tomb, Satan was sure Jesus was finished. But Satan was wrong. What he thought was His ultimate triumph actually sealed his ultimate defeat.
We don’t see it yet. From the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden, we all know the sting of sin. We know the seduction of temptation; the weakness of our own will. We know all about the ways the devil tries to sabotage our faith, our witness, our relationships. But the blessed assurance we have through the death of Jesus on the cross is not that Jesus is finished. Nor that we are finished. But that Satan himself is finished. He is still our enemy, still the enemy of our souls. But he is a defeated enemy. His defeat was sealed on the cross. The cry of Jesus – “It is finished” – is a declaration of Satan’s defeat.
An interesting thing about the word tetelestai: It was found on ancient documents discovered in Egypt in the 19th century that date back to the time of the New Testament. The word tetelestai was part of the language of the marketplace. It was used to indicate that a real estate deed had been signed, or a business transaction completed. When a debt was satisfied, when a transaction was completed, they wrote tetelestai: It is complete. Paid in full.
It is Finished!! Pastor Neil has a lot to say about this topic. Please click on the link below to hear the sermon in its entirety.