The last word Jesus spoke on the cross was tetelestai which translated means “it is finished” in Greek.
Jesus put an end to all sin, all shame, and all guilt with that one word.
As human beings we define ourselves with one word:
Jesus, in His last breath cancelled out all these definitions by declaring tetelestai – it is finished.
Sin is finished and no longer has a hold on us. We may still need the ice pack for the bruises that sin has left in our lives but the hold of sin has been broken.
We may sin and suffer the consequences but Jesus conquered the power that sin has in our lives with that one word tetelestai. “The Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil“ 1 John 3:8. By His death on the cross and His resurrection He rendered Satan powerless – tetelestai, Satan’s power in a Believer’s life is null and void. We now fall under a covenant of Grace!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)
My two favourite biblical definitions of grace are “the attitude of God toward men” and “the liberty that God gives men.”
Liberty is the “state of being free.” God’s grace causes us to be free from the chains that had us bound—alcoholism, addiction to pornography or drugs, worry, jealousy, anger, self-pity, pride, eating disorders, poor self-image. The list is endless. Graciousness is defined as being “courteous, kind, and pleasant.”
In Isaiah 30:18 we are advised that “the Lord longs to be gracious to you.” What an amazing thought: God longs to be kind, generous, and courteous to us.
If you are struggling with guilt or shame or worry or fear or an addiction or un-forgiveness or hurts – repeat to yourself tetelestai, tetelestai – it is finished. The guilt is gone, the shame is gone, and you are no longer under condemnation. Pray that God will give you the courage to come to terms with the past, to seek help for an addiction, to know that you are worthy in order that one day you will be able to say about that addiction tetelestai, it is finished – I am free.