“And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”…Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit.” – Matthew 27:46,50
All three of the synoptic gospels record these last words of Jesus. In the Gospel of John, the last words recorded are “It is finished”. Three small words in the English language; but in Greek it is one word – Tetelestai. It is a word used for one who has struggled through a very difficult task, passing from the darkness of that struggle to the light of victory. It is a shout of triumph!
This is a great lesson for us who follow Jesus. The saints such as St John of the Cross knew well this valley of darkness, of walking without any consolation, waiting patiently for the light to dawn. And, when the dawn finally sheds light on their struggle and they were found faithful to the end – Victory! Tetelestai!
Earlier in this very Gospel (Matthew 24:10-13) we read of the call to persevere with Christ:
“And then many will be led into sin; they will betray and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and deceive many; and because of the increase of evildoing, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who perseveres to the end will be saved.“
Let us remain faithful then, to the end, that with Jesus we too will shout, Tetelestai! Victory!
May God bless you!