(By Rachel Joyce)
“And taking the twelve, He said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished” (Luke 18:31 NLT).
“For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment” (Luk 22:37 ESV).
“When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished,” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit” (Joh 19:30 ESV).
In the original Greek text, each of these verses contains the same word—teleo/teleos, which means, to bring to a close, to finish, to end, complete (Thayer's Greek Definitions). According to Strong’s Concordance, teleo comes from the primary root tello which means “to set out for a definite point or goal.” When our Lord came to this world, He had a definite goal—the cross. All the ancient prophecies would be fulfilled in this Son of Man, the Messiah. He came with a goal and that goal was accomplished. He told His own that He was the fulfillment of all that had been written. He was the teleos—the completer of our faith, the finisher of the work of redemption, the end of the Law to everyone who believed. And as we stand on this side of Calvary and look back, we hear His echoing words, “It is finished!”(John 19:30). And we know that an end has been made of our sins. We understand that He was numbered with us, the transgressors, and He bore our sins; He completed all that was necessary to purge our sins and draw us near to God. With His resounding cry, we know that an end has been made of our sins. Because of His sacrifice, we have been cleansed and brought into God’s family. Accepted forever. Purified. Redeemed. Made a child of God and an heir of grace. Oh, praise our God who has planned it thus! Praise our Lord who chose to come to this earth to put an end to our sins and make it possible for us to become children of the Most High!
From the cradle to the cross, His focus was people—those who were suffering, those who were hurting, those who drew near for blessing. Despite His goal, He did not neglect the people in His path. He healed. He met needs. He forgave sins. And He made whole. It was what He came to do. And once we have felt the Savior’s touch, we, who have been the recipients of His love and grace, are never the same. His love transforms us from shame-bearers to glory-sharers. We thrill with the joy of His presence. We worship with abandon. When we suffer, we never suffer alone, but always with the comfort of the One who loves fully and accepts us completely. Our lives have been radically changed by our Jesus, the “finisher” of our faith who accomplished our redemption, who in love pursued us and made us His own (Heb 12:2, Ps 23:6).