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John 19:30 – Jesus Dies, Completing His Work

Summary

Jesus dies confidently asserting that his ministry is completed.

Analysis

Jesus' final words from the cross are, "It is finished." The Greek word used in the Gospel is tetelestai, which might better be translated, "It is accomplished," or, "It is completed." The Greek word is related to the word telos, which refers to a goal. On the cross Jesus can say that his ministry is completed, because there he reveals the fullness of the love of God. By giving himself completely for others, he brings his work on earth to its completion. The cross is not a low point but a high point in John's Gospel, since the cross is where Jesus reveals the love of God by laying down his life.

John 19:30

30When Jesus had received the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

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