“It is finished” – John 19:30


“It is finished.” Cue huge sigh of relief. I’m sure that in part, Jesus is relieved that his suffering is almost over. Soon he will be free from pain, from suffering, and from torture.

There is much more to Jesus’ penultimate declaration. When I would finish my exams I can remember declaring, “It is finished!” When I submitted my thesis and completed my MDiv. degree I shouted it even louder, “IT IS FINISHED.”

Jesus is making a bold statement from the cross. The Greek word here is Τετέλεσται and it means complete, whole, finished.

In the Message Eugene Peterson captures the fullness of this word, “It’s done…complete.”

Jesus’ birth, ministry, life, death, and ultimately resurrection set into motion a new way of being. The Kingdom of God is here. The new is here, the old is gone. We’ve been reconciled with God. All because Jesus chose to die.

“It is finished,” was Jesus’ bold declaration that things would never be the same again. The mission of God was complete. Humanity restored into relationship with their creator.


Questions for Reflection

  1. Have you ever declared, “It is finished!”? What did it feel like?
  2. What does it mean to you to be reconciled to God?
  3. How might your life change if you could live fully into the reality that Jesus has made all things new?