When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.John 19:30

Today is Good Friday. The commemoration of the historical event which makes Good Friday meaningful isn’t one that speaks loudly to me — at least as far as public celebration or gathering. That realization made me ask myself, “Why?” How could it be that this isn’t a red letter day in my spirit?

My husband offered a prayer of gratitude and awareness this morning by recalling what day it was. My rambling and constant conversation with the Lord usually begins before I open my eyes in the morning. We’d already covered a lot of territory. Quietly. Companionably. And I had to adjust my attitude about the rain that missed us last night – again.

But nothing about Good Friday. No indication that God was waiting for me to get with the program. After feeding the horses and dogs I sat down to my morning study. I asked myself again, was I missing something? Was I wrong? Why doesn’t Good Friday deliver more of a spiritual punch to my soul?

Years ago my husband gave me the title Analogy Queen because my brain automatically spits out illustrations/analogies for everything. I constantly self-edit (too much or too little?) trying to share only the useful ones. Illustrations are marvelous ways to communicate when words alone don’t cut it.

Several possible parallels to Good Friday crossed my mind but quickly crashed and burned. The slightest self cross-examination proved they were off-target.

Some things are unique, without parallel or comparison. Good Friday perfectly defines the adjective unique.

Without an illustration to help me understand my lack of emotion I went to the source. The result? The same as every hour and every day. I live in the “already” — the now. The heartbeat of my life is ongoing relationship with God; with every Person of the Trinity. It’s like breathing.

The death of Jesus of Nazareth is a unique event in human history. Nothing like it happened before and it will never be repeated. It is the intersection of what was and what will be. It changed everything. It created the opportunity for eternal life with Jesus. That doesn’t mean life now and eternal life later — it means life from this day until forever. We live in the already.

Too many people waste their lives living in the what was or what might be. Events of Good Friday produced the opportunity to claim forever-life and blessing NOW. This is the already. Jesus’s last words from the Cross weren’t “Wait for it” or “One of these days.” The Greek word translated into “It is finished” is tetelestai.

Tetelestai

Tetelestai means “it is finished” or payment complete. The people of first century Jerusalem knew full well what the word meant. Jesus died in payment for our sins. I have no analogy or words to describe the awesomeness of the Cross.

So I’ll leave you with this,

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.

– John 11:25-26


Click here for the pronunciation of tetelestai.

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