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“          hen Jesus therefore had re-  sting of the traitor’s kiss and the injustice

                 ceived the vinegar, he said, It   of mock trials. Blows pelting His face,
        Wis finished: and he bowed his        thorns piercing His brow, lashes striking
        head, and gave up the ghost” (Joh 19:30). 1  His back, and nails biting into His flesh
          Putting the Gospel records together, it   were among the dreadful sufferings He
        seems that the final four sayings of Jesus   sustained in His final hours. But worst of
        from the cross happened in quick suc-  all, He “suffered for sins, the just for the
        cession. Perhaps the only interruption to   unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1Pe
        them was the time it took for an unnamed   3:18). No one ever suffered like Jesus did,
        volunteer to run to the sour wine container   nor was there ever a sufferer so innocent.
        and raise a drink to Jesus’ lips after he said   But now it was all over. The wrath of men
        “I thirst.”                           and the wrath of God were behind Him.
          Like the fifth cry, the sixth is recorded   Never more shall God, Jehovah,
        with one word in Greek, tetelestai. This   Smite the Shepherd with the sword;
        verb has no precise subject. We are not told   Ne’er again shall cruel sinners
        specifically what was finished or brought   Set at nought our glorious Lord.
        to completion. The rest of the New Testa-  Scripture Was Fulfilled
        ment will help us fill in the blanks. Yet,   We should not miss the connection of
        as Spurgeon put it, this one word “would   tetelestai with what is recorded two verses
        need all the other words that were ever   earlier. John speaks about Jesus knowing
        spoken, or ever can be spoken, to explain it   all things were “accomplished” (tetelestai)
        …. It is together immeasurable. It is high;   and that Scripture was being “fulfilled”
        I cannot attain to it. It is deep; I cannot   (teleiothe). In fact, John mentions fulfilled
        fathom it.” But we must make the attempt   Scripture throughout his crucifixion ac-
        to fathom it, and in so doing we will dis-  count (19:28,36,37). The prophecies of the
        cover that the Savior’s word, “finished,”   Old Testament in relation to Jesus’ birth,
        suggests several things.              life, suffering and death have now reached
        Suffering Was Over                    fulfillment as He is about to dismiss His
          The life of Christ recorded in the Gos-  spirit. “Those who have been exacting
        pels was one filled with suffering. He bore   students of the prophetic Scriptures tell
        the pain of rejection; “He came unto his   us that with this victorious shout – dis-
        own, and his own received him not” (Joh   missing his Spirit – 332 distinct prophe-
        1:11). Even before the cross, verbal assaults   cies in the Old Testament were literally
        were launched at Him (Mat 12:24; Luk   and minutely fulfilled. All the types and
                                              prophecies, all the redemptive work, and
        7:34; Joh 10:33). More than once, an angry   all of the will of the Father were fulfilled.” 3
        mob sought to take His life (Luk 4:28-29;
        Joh 8:59; 10:31,39). He had to endure the   ² Robert C. Chapman (1803-1902)
                                              ³ Philip W. Comfort and Wendell C. Hawley,
        ¹ Bible quotations in this article are from the KJV   Opening John’s Gospel and Epistles (Wheaton, IL:
        unless otherwise noted.               Tyndale House Publishers, 2009), 236.

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