It Is Finished!

Esther's Petition

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30 KJV)

“Finished” is the Greek word “tetelestai” and comes from the verb “teleo.”  According to, “Tetelestai was written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to indicate that a bill had been PAID IN FULL. Some versions translate the word as “accomplished.” The Greek-English Lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

Receipts are often introduced by the phrase tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner… (p. 630).

The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership. It would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.  Strong’s Concordance has this definition:

  • To bring to a close, to finish, to end; passed, finished
  • To perform, execute, complete, fulfill, (so that the thing…

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