What Did Jesus Mean “It is done!”

Until the elections, every day I will post on the guesses made by learned Christians as to what Jesus meant by “It is done!” Do not vote FOR JESUS in proxy – if you do not know the answer. Your vote is valuable to Right-wing Fascist Christians. Do not give it to them – unless they can answer – why?

McCarthy threatens to not support the thirst for freedom Ukrainians have. Have they, and other European Nations – wondered what Jesus meant? Surely the Republicans can afford to spend ten million dollars on a group of researchers – so we all can know the truth – alas!. Even the Chinese! Is Jesus – done with Europe?

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John ‘The Nazarite’

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit” (John 19:30).

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Anyone who is being crucified suffers from dehydration, with the mouth and throat unbearably dry and the tongue grossly swollen (see Ps 22:15). At first Jesus had refused the relief of the offered sour wine (Matt 27:34) so that all of his senses might be fully alert for his suffering. But hours later, the excruciating pain of crucifixion had begun to dull the senses and make speaking almost impossible, so Jesus accepted what he had earlier refused: “When Jesus had received the wine, he exclaimed, ‘It is finished!’ ” (John 19:30).

This cry consists of a single word in Greek—tetelestai. It is in the perfect tense, which presupposes a past occurrence but focuses attention on the present results of that event, so the word may be translated “it stands complete” or “it is finished.” It is a word an artist would use when she stands back after spending weeks perfecting what could become a masterpiece and gently whispers, with great relief and pleasure, tetelestai. Perhaps Jesus had used the word in his life as a carpenter when he had finished making a bedside table or plough for a client in Sepphoris. Running off to Joseph, he calls out “Abba, Abba, come quickly!” and proudly shows his foster father his completed carpentry.


 Tetelestai, it is finished. We’ve no doubt heard these words during a Good Friday service or during our reading of the Gospels. But why does Jesus say it? And why does he reserve this as his last and final words? “It is finished” indicates he has consumed the cup of God’s wrath, and through his sacrifice, the bridge between God and sinful man had been established.

The Context Surrounding John 19:30

When we look at the context of this verse and what led up to it, this quote from St. Peter’s Anglican Church says it best:

“Before the arrest of Jesus by the Romans, Jesus prayed His last public prayer, where He asked the Father to glorify Him even as He had glorified the Father. He prayed to ‘finish the work you have given me to do” (John 17:4). The work of Jesus is to seek and save that which is lost (Luke 19:10) and to provide atonement for sinners whom Jesus died to reconcile to God (Romans 3:23-25; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19). None but the Lord God could accomplish and say with the authority of the God-Man, “It is finished” (John 19:30).”

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