This morning's post is from CARE for AIDS intern, Anna Wilke.
During this Easter season I have been thinking a lot about a message I heard years ago at the Passion Conference. In this message Louie Giglio spoke about Jesus’ final word, “tetelestai.” Tetelestai is Greek and translated it means “it is finished,” one of the most famous and life-giving phrases in Christian culture. It is amazing to me that with just one word God has the ability to drown out all the noise of this world and help us focus on what is important. The last word Jesus spoke on Earth was the most powerful word of our lives because it was the beginning of everything we have.
“Tetelestai” is in the past perfect indicative tense, which in the language of Jesus’s day means that the progress of an action is complete and the result of that action is on-going with full effect. With Jesus’ death on the cross the work of salvation was finished and we were given a future of unimaginable freedom. Everything Jesus came to do, His purpose when He stepped out of Heaven, is now completed. Jesus paid the price for our sin to bring us to life in Him. We are now brand new people in Christ when we fully embrace what has been accomplished on our behalf. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” Jesus’ last moments on the cross set us in motion, His last breath was our first. Easter is a celebration of the life of freedom we now have, a life rooted in the cross and the final word of Jesus. What’s to stop us from celebrating and living in His extravagant gift all year?