I’m a lover of words! I’m curious about their origin, breaking them down into their roots, examining their derivatives, their synonyms and antonyms, and how they are used in the context of a sentence.
Welcome to Wednesday’s Word! Each Wednesday we will briefly examine a new word. As I’m learning more and more about the Bible, this will help me to analyze words enough that I can make them stick. I hope it helps you, too.
Today’s word is: tetelestai
Recently an author from oversees asked if he could friend request me on Facebook. I apologized and told him I reserved that for family, friends and people I have actually met. However, I would be happy for him to “Like” our Sweet Jesus Ministries page. He also attached a YouTube video of a book he wrote called Tetelestai by Eyitemi Egwuenu. (Note: I have not read this book yet.)
Curiosity got the best of me and I began to research the word and the book on Amazon. I found out that I LOVE this word.
Tetelestai. This Greek word’s origin is teleo. According to The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, teleo is found 26 times in the New Testament. It means to complete, execute, conclude, discharge. However, my favorite use of the word teleo is found only twice in Scripture and literally means “it is finished – paid in full”.
In John 19:28 and John 19:30 Jesus dies on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins:
Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Before Christ, sins were forgiven through the sacrifice of an animal, a substitute. But God sent his Son, Jesus, to be the final sacrifice. Upon his death on the cross, Christ took on all the sins of every man, woman and child. Thankfully, every person was – and still is – given the opportunity to be made right with God if they choose to believe and accept this offer.
If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you still can. Don’t wait. Escape the penalty of sin and live eternally with God. Because He loves you enough to die for you, He finished it – paid your sin in full.