“Tetelestai.” You may have never heard this Greek word before but I’m sure you know the person who is well-known for saying it. Here is how the word got its origin: 

When the kings of ancient times went to battle and one king defeated another king, he would parade the defeated king before his people in chains as a humiliating public spectacle. After making the defeated king bow before him, he would then place his foot upon the defeated king’s head and cry out, “Tetelestai” which translated means: “It has been accomplished!”

You know of someone who used this word from a most unusual place. Jesus cried it out from the cross… Tetelestai!… “It is finished!” In what most people consider to be His weakest moment on Earth, the Prince of Peace was victorious over the Prince of Darkness! Although the serpent had wounded the Savior’s heel… the Savior had crushed the serpent’s head!

Colossians 2:15 (NIV): And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.


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