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Tetelestai - It Is Finished

Pastor Michael has been in the ministry for 10 years. He currently is pursuing his Master's from Andersonville Theological Seminary.


Jesus said the words from the cross known as His seven last words. I have cherished these sayings from the cross my entire Christian life. I now would like to expound on one for a moment, hopefully you, the reader, gain a little from this work.

The sayings of Jesus on the cross were in this wise.

1. Father forgive them for they know not what they do, Luke 23:34

2. Today thou shalt be with me in Paradise, Luke 23:43

3. Woman behold thy son, behold thy mother, John 19:26,27

4. My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me, Matt.27:48

5. I thirst, John 19:28

6. It is finished John 19:30

7. Father into thy hands I commend my spirit, Luke 23:46

I wish to look at and try to explain a little on the sixth of these sayings, "It is finished."

Our background goes back to the imprisoned debtor. Once thrown in prison for whatever charge a tablet of parchment was put on their jail cell containing the debt against them. This could be from actual debts or from crimes they had committed. The tablet had every offense listed on it showing the prisoner's guilt. I must take a moment here to say these crimes were ones not calling for a death penalty. On this tablet or parchment, the sentence (time) was also inscribed that would eventually clear the prisoner. So, for example let's use my name. The writing could say ~~~ Michael of Galilee, guilty of spitting on sidewalk, kicking neighbor's cat, and vandalizing laundry hanging on clothesline. Guilty on all accounts! Sentenced until family pays his debt or 3 years.

Once that debt is paid or time is served the Romans take the parchment and write on it Tetelestai~~ Paid In Full! The word used in John says finished, Jesus said, "It is finished." The literal translation in those days was paid in full. That is what Jesus was truly saying on the cross," Paid in Full."

What was paid in full? What did Jesus have to pay? Was He not perfect? Was He not the Son of God wrongly accused? The answer is yes to the last two questions, He IS the Son of God and IS pure and true and holy - perfect.


You see my friends there was another parchment tablet there, it had my name on it. It read, Michael, son of Don and Martha from Ohio, GUILTY of, lies, murderer at heart (Jesus said he that hates his brother in his heart is guilty of murder in his heart), thief, blasphemer, adulterer in heart (Jesus said he that looks upon a woman with lust in his heart is an adulterer at heart), idolater (anything put before God is idolatry). And He that knew no sin became sin for us. He took that writing against me and nailed it to HIS cross, He bore my sin, anguish, shame and all that I had done. He took that parchment and on that cross my life was of sin was erased as He hung and died.

I told Him," Don't you know I have the power to release you or crucify you?" I took Him and stripping His outer garments I used catonine tailed whip to put forty lashes save one on His back and sides. I then put a cross about Him and made Him carry it outside the city where common criminals were hung to die for their evil deeds. I then took nails and a hammer and nailed His feet and hands to that cross, mocking Him all along the way.

I gave Him gall to drink when He cried from thirst. I cast lots for His clothing. I took a spear and drove it through his side. But, just before that He cried,"Tetelestai," paid in full. I thought He was out of His mind, delirious from the agony of the cross. Yet He said those words for me. He was telling God the Father, Michael's debts are," paid in full."

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The decision is now yours. Are your debts paid in full? Have you accepted the saying tetelestai? Have you accepted Christ as Saviour?

Romans says these things,

1.There is none righteous no not one

2. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God

3. The wages of sin is death, eternal separation from God.

4. Romans 5:8 But, God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

In John I know nearly everyone knows the third chapter and verse 16. But do you know verse 17? Jesus said," For the Son of Man is not come into the world to condemn the world, but that, the world through Him might be saved." He did not want to cast anyone off, He came for us to be saved not condemned. He said, "He that comes to me I will in no wise cast out." That means you my friend. Come lay your burdens at the cross of Jesus, let Him heal your brokenness and hear those words, paid in full~~ TETELESTAI.

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Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on April 26, 2013:

Thank you very much

MEG on April 26, 2013:


Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on December 29, 2012:


thank you I hope that people are blessed as I write. Thanks for checking it out

gingerka from Colorado on December 27, 2012:

This is great!

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on October 15, 2011:

David w thanks for stopping in and leaving a great comment

David W. on October 14, 2011:

Excellent job Mike....clear, concise and correct. Like Jesus, you finished strong.

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on August 05, 2011:


Thank you so much it is amazing sometimes how we can write then sit back and see what was written and know the one behind the words. He always guides!

Jo_Goldsmith11 on August 05, 2011:

So beautiful. When we turn our backs on the one who paid it all, I feel so sad. This is a perfect dedication and honest truth. Great job! Many,many blessings and miracles for you! :)

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on April 02, 2011:

Skye, thanks for the wonderful comment glad you enjoyed. We really like Chris Tomlin Tammy and I have every cd he has out. His music is so touching.

skye2day from Rocky Mountains on April 02, 2011:

Hello Brother Spell bounding writing inspired. You have done mighty works for our Lord and Savior. My bro you keep on shining the Light in you and touching in Him. This has tears down my cheeks. I am choked up to to think Jesus paid the price for my wretched soul. Oh My God thank You, Praise You. Love ya brother. Hugs. Linked out up awesome

I am listening to Chris. He is a warrior. I saw him last year He Rocks for Christ Thank You for leaving his sweet music for us.

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on March 30, 2011:

Dave, IT IS FINISHED TETELESTAI! Glad you enjoyed.

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on March 30, 2011:


Glad you enjoyed, and yes ad your name to the accusers list we all put our shame on HIM

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on March 30, 2011:


I really felt the personalizing it was best for me as a reader also. Thanks for the comment.

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on March 30, 2011:


Thanks for stopping in glad you liked the hub

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on March 30, 2011:


Thanks for the great comment, I had a moment of thought going and saw a special on prophecy and they used the word and I said thats it!

Isaiah Michael (author) from Wherever God leads us. on March 30, 2011:


Quite welcome for the memories, by the way still has that tract.


Quite welcome for the hub glad you stopped in

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on March 29, 2011:

Beautifully explained thank you. It is Done. Paid in full.

Sam from Tennessee on March 29, 2011:

up and beautiful! Amen my friend; may I add my name beside yours as accusers? Informative and convictive, beautiful job...

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on March 29, 2011:


I like the way you personalized it. The truth is we all put Him on the cross, and the truth is MY debt is paid in full.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on March 28, 2011:

Hi Michael, a very awesome hub and all good thing to read and meditate upon this third week of Lent .

Awesome and vote up !!!

Tamarajo on March 28, 2011:

Loved this revelation. I never connected "it is finished" with the paid in full.

Your explanation has added clarity to this monumental event that so profoundly affects each one of us.

olga khumlo from Mira Road Mumbai India on March 28, 2011:

I thank God for He finished the work of salvation on Calvary and He triumphed over death for me.Thank you for this hub.

John Harper from Malaga, Spain on March 28, 2011:

TETELESTAI.... I remember having a tract made bearing that word... thanks for the memories!


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