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John 19:30; “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

TETELESTAIIT IS FINISHED’ – You can find this phrase listed in Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary with the following info – #G5055, “to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) :- accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.”

The Greek word for the phrase ‘It is finished’, is ‘tetelestai’. An interesting article on Bible.org defined it this way –

“Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. … The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.”

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Luke 23:21 “…Crucify him, crucify him!”

 Looking over our list of ‘significant items of holy week’ has been an eye opening, if not gut-wrenching experience, has it not?

We saw figs and thieves, palm branches and donkeys. Then we saw oils and boxes, coins and bread. Most of the items are just everyday things, in the everyday life of any person – both then, and now. Completing our list are two last items, which I believe, are the most important of all. The Cross of Christ, and famous last words.

Our submission for today is simple. It’s about Jesus, and I’m borrowing the title of my pastor’s sermon this past week; ‘Famous Last Words’.

In the history of significant world-changing events, nothing compares to what took place with the birth, life, and death of a man from Galilee. No other person in history has affected every person on earth; period. You don’t have to believe He’s God when you look at your calendar each day. However, you should know the history of how we keep track of time changed with His birth.

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Crucifixion PropheciesMy discovery of the real Jesus afforded me the opportunity to instill new traditions in my life while discarding the old.

I have to say, however, one of the biggest was learning about Holy Week. Thirty years in Mormonism hadn’t revealed any significant details leading up to Resurrection Day; thus my fascination twenty-two years later. I was saved on Palm Sunday 1993.

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 April 19 – His Word is Our Light. Psalm 119:105; “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.”

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 “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

While gathering notes for this article I was listening to praise music, and the song listed above repeated itself. It obviously caught my attention, thus its inclusion here!

The hymn serves as a good reminder of how we’re incapable of fulfilling God’s requirements for salvation! This upcoming holiday is an ever present reminder of how grateful I am for His mercy upon me.

Today we’re looking at three talks, and providing short quotes from each. Sadly, the quotes earned a place in our next installment, ‘Worst of the Worst’ list. Sigh…

Please note the numbering system we’ve used here is purely ours, and doesn’t reflect which order their talks were given.

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Mark 14:3 “And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.”

Psalm 22:22 “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”

 Progressing further into Holy Week brings a sense of reverence, and awe for what we know laid ahead for our Lord. With that said, it’s easy for anyone (me, in particular) to be fixated on events with Judas, and totally miss everything else.

Traditionally, Wednesday in the Holy Week has been thought on as simply a day of rest for the Lord. While keeping that in mind, today we’re looking at some of the items used in the rest of this week.

For a moment today, ponder upon the situation with Mary. She did what David wrote about in Psalm 22. She stood up in the midst of her congregation that day to praise Him by anointing Him with perfumed oil.

How did she know to anoint Jesus with the costly oil?

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 April 18 – By their fruits. Matt. 7:20-23; “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

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 Cesar’s Tribute Coin, and the Widow’s Mite

We pray Mormons will read, research, and investigate the events of Holy Week because of how deeply important they are for their everyday lives!

Even though I was aware that spiritual conditions were at an all time low for Israel, I had overlooked a few details until this week. I had overlooked the fact the table of the moneychanger was actually sitting inside the temple! Wow, what a mess they created for themselves.

Today we’re obviously looking at the money issues going on in the temple during Jesus’ last week on earth – the tribute coin, and the widow’s mite.

To find out more details about Jesus’ activities for this day, and the rest of His week, see our series Easter and Holy Week.

TRIBUTE COIN

Matthew 22:19-22  “Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. 20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? 21 They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.”

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Witnessing Tip of the Day April 2April 17 – Test Yourself. 2 Corinthians 13:5; “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

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 Monday: A Day of Figs and Thieves

The items of significance for Monday are a picture of how pleasant life can be when we follow the Lord, and what terrible things happen when we don’t. To read details of Jesus’ activities during the week, see our 2013 series Easter and Holy Week articles.

Discovering the details of what took place in first century AD, brought a new dimension to the meaning of something simple like a fig tree I didn’t expect to learn about while studying Holy Week!

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 April 16 – His Blood, Not Our Works. Romans 6:23; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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With the advent of Holy Week, there’s going to be a slight delay in posting all of the General Conference talks. We’ll post 1-2 sporadically throughout this week, but our main focus right now is the importance of biblical events leading up to our Lord’s death on the Cross for us! Praise His Holy Name!

Palm Sunday is of course, one of the most important days in all of time. It marks the day when Jesus finally allowed for people to worship Him as King. Up until that day there were numerous times people had tried to label Him as King, but those were done with the intent to do Him harm, and He always said, ‘It is not my time’.

John 6:15; “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”

John 7:30, 44; “Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 44 And some of them would have taken him; but no man laid hands on him.”

John 8:59; “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

John 10:39; “Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand.”

The timing of His announcement was solely in His hands, for He had come to do His Father’s will, and to fulfill scripture. Because He’s God, He controlled all things

. We can see how cool this is when we look back at historical events found in secular writings, and how they’re mentioned in the Bible as well! Check out the following passages –

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 April 15 – Everlasting Righteousness. Psalm 119:142; “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And thy law is the truth.”

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The Kingdom of God, Pt. 1, No. 2, p. 4 “The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is a material being… The substance of his person occupies space the same as other matter. It has solidity, length, breadth, and thickness, like all other matter. The elementary materials of his body are not susceptible of occupying, at the same time, the same identical space with other matter. The substance of his person, like other matter, cannot be in two places at the same instant. It also requires time for him to transport himself from place to place. It matters not how great the velocity of his movements, time is an essential ingredient to all motion, whether rapid or slow.” – Orson Pratt, 1848 Continue Reading »

April 14 — Self-imposed busyness. Luke 10:38-39, 42 “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Continue Reading »

 I Nephi 1:14 “And it came to pass that when my father had read and seen many great and marvelous things, he did exclaim many things unto the Lord; such as: Great and marvelous are thy works, O Lord God Almighty!…” c. BC 600 [emp. added] Continue Reading »

April 13 – 1 Cor. 15:16, 29 “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?”

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Mormon Doctrine, p. 472 “If it had not been for Joseph Smith and the restoration, there would be no salvation. There is no salvation outside The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” — Bruce R. McConkie, 1966 Continue Reading »

Witnessing Tip of the Day April 2April 12 –  Whom, or What are You Serving? 1 Samuel 12:24; “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”

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2 Nephi 2:18 “And because he had fallen from heaven, and had become miserable forever, he sought also the misery of all mankind. Wherefore, he said unto Eve, yea, even that old serpent, who is the devil, who is the father of all lies, wherefore he said: Partake of the forbidden fruit, and ye shall not die, but ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.” – BC 588-570 Continue Reading »

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