"He got the last word."
The last word is a powerful thing. It means it's finished, it's done, it's over. What's been said has been said; what's been done has been done.
This Easter, we're looking at the One who has the last word in eternity itself — Jesus.
"The Last Word"
What are the very last written words of Jesus?
It is finished.
Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit.
Yes, I am coming soon.
I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
Answer: “Yes, I am coming soon.” (Revelation 22:20)
The last 4 quotes of Jesus in Revelation… 16:15; 22:7; 22:12; 22:20
His resurrection is linked to His return!
Do you think about Jesus and that you could visibly see Him at any moment?
“Continue in Him so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.” (1 John 2:28)
Two main areas in which we can have confidence or shame:
1. Are you His child? (1 John 3:1)
2. Are you becoming more like Jesus? (1 John 3:3)
"It is Finished"
“It is finished” – tetelestai
This word is not very familiar to us, but it was an everyday term for many people back in that first century day.
It’s used by a …
Servant – noted that they had completed the work the master had assigned for them. (Jn. 17:4)
Priest – after they examined an animal for sacrifice and found it faultless and acceptable for worship.
Artist – after they completed a picture, sculpture or a manuscript and there was nothing more to be done to the final product.
Merchant - Perhaps the most meaningful expression of the word tetelestai is that when used by a merchant in the days of Jesus to show that the bill or the debt was paid in full.
Truths from “tetelestai”:
Humanity is indebted in sin.
Our sinfulness puts us at odds and opposition to a perfect and holy God.
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death …”
Humanity can’t pay for its own debt in full.
People have tried since the beginning of time to reach God on their own terms.
When something is “paid in full” you stop paying!
Jesus did what no one else could do – His death on the cross cared for the entire sin debt for all time.
Don’t pay the bill – trust Christ alone! … (Ephesians 2:8-10)
We don’t deserve to be here – humility is core curriculum for every Christian.
Share the wealth – what Christ does for us shouldn’t end with us!
S M A L L G R O U P D I S C U S S I O N
Question #1 – Discuss the usage of the word “tetelestai”, what it means … especially when used by a merchant. How could each usage relate to the life and death of Jesus Christ?
Question #2 – Explain the debt that mankind has against God. Can you think of any Scriptures that speak of mankind’s condition and position with God apart from Jesus Christ? Do any of you have stories of where you were apart from Jesus Christ that you’d like to share with the group?
Question #3 – What does it mean that Jesus paid the debt in full? What does that mean for us in order to be saved? What does that mean after we’ve been saved?
Question #4 – Of the three application points, which one do you feel you need to focus on the most? How can you best focus on it and what do you want to share with the group next time as a point of growth in your life in this area?