Jan 13th, 2022
Beautiful Fences: God Still Reigns
By: Kelly Hill
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John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (NIV)

My friends always roll their eyes at me when I say, “No spoilers!” Apparently, they don’t think it’s a spoiler if the show has already been out for 20 years. Speaking of which, I still haven’t finished the show Friends, so don’t tell me which couples end up together in the end. I like being surprised and don’t enjoy it when someone ruins the ending of a movie or book before I get there. 

The only time I really appreciate a slight spoiler is when I start getting worried and someone encourages me that there’s a happy ending. There’s hope to be found when someone tells you that it’s all going to be okay. Jesus drops many of these hints throughout the Bible to encourage us that God’s got it all under control. 

When Jesus died on the cross, he uttered the Greek word tetelestai, meaning, “It is finished.” During Jesus’ time, the word tetelestai was used to denote on business documents or receipts that “the debt is paid in full.” What’s even cooler about this word is that it’s in the perfect tense in Greek. 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, “This happened, and it is still in effect today.”

When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he meant that it was finished in the past, it is still finished in the present, and it will remain finished in the future. When Jesus died on the cross, it didn’t end there. Spoiler alert: He didn’t stay dead—He resurrected. And His resurrection means He conquered death for you and me, and He paid the price for our sins—forever. 

I love the phrase “It is finished,” and we see a similar phrase in Revelation 21:6. It says, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” We can have peace knowing that it’s already finished, the victory is won, and our Savior who has been the Almighty God from the very beginning will continue to be until the very end. We are all going to be okay.

Spend some time reading Genesis 1 and Revelation 21, remembering that our God is the Beginning and the End. I pray you find peace in that today.

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