But notice He did NOT say, "I am finished", but "IT is finished!" This was not a cry of defeat, but a shout of victory! This was a proclamation of our victory because of His death on that cross and His eventual resurrection from the dead! And because of it, you and I can have the assurance of eternal life in heaven and peace of mind here on earth. This statement, "IT IS FINISHED", was the most powerful declaration ever made in all of history. But what did it mean? What does this statement mean to us?
Jesus’ cry from the cross that Friday afternoon in Jerusalem was actually a one word statement in the Greek language of the day. That word was "tetelestai". It was a very familiar term to the people who heard it that day. It actually had multiple meanings, depending on the context it was used. And for the next few weeks we’ll be looking at these words from the cross. Hopefully, we will all come to a better understanding of what happened on the cross and how it became a “tree of life“ to us!