Tetelestai

Tetelestai……I love the way this Greek word rolls off my tongue when I say it. According to Saint John, these were the last words of Jesus on the cross, or as most of us better know it as “It is finished.” This phrase rings truer to me now more than any time in my life as, like everyone else, I’m experiencing my first worldwide pandemic. This phrase has brought me comfort this week as I go to bed and play over the fear driven “what ifs” that spiral in my spirit before I quiet them with my personal prayer of “Jesus give me your peace”. I want this perfect peace of Jesus more now than ever and because of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross and His declaration of Tetelestai I now can rest in this perfect peace of Jesus.

 

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

 

I have been reading and meditating on Philippians 4 throughout this past month of fears. During this Holy Week, I am reminded more than ever that Tetelestai has given me the opportunity to rejoice, to be reasonable, to not be anxious, to be thankful… because of Tetelestai I can let my prayers and my asking and even begging (which is what supplication means) be made known to God. And because of Tetelestai I can have that supernatural peace of God. There is no way I understand what is going on, but this peace that God offers me, it guards my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus, so I don’t have to understand. All I have to know is that Jesus finished the redemptive work on the cross. And even more, because He resurrected on that first Easter Sunday, I can face whatever uncertainty this current crisis may bring. Whatever may come my way, Jesus is enough!

 

So, in the meantime, I’m doing what is within my control. I’m washing my hands and staying in. I’m loving my neighbor by social distancing. I’m checking on my neighbors, friends and loved ones. I’m trying to make our home a place of peace in the midst of chaos. I’m giving extra grace in the midst of the heightened tensions. I’m counting each day as a gift and making the most of it. I’m weeping with those that are weeping. I’m rejoicing with those that rejoice. I’m praying without ceasing. I’m writing three things down on paper a day to remind me of how faithful my God is. I’m begging for God’s wisdom and peace. I’m abiding in Jesus and growing the roots of my faith even deeper so I can weather whatever the future holds.

 

Tetelestai my friends. My prayer for you and your families is that you too can live in light of this truth as well as the truth of the resurrection. May you all have an Easter made with loving memories and may you experience God’s supernatural peace.

Easter Blessings-

Rhonda Alstott


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