It Is Finished – a hymn

‘Tetelesthai’ is the favourite Greek word of one of our vicars – it’s what Jesus cries on the cross, and it means ‘it is finished’. Perfect tense. A completed action with present effect.

Hark! the voice of love and mercy
Sounds aloud from Calvary;
See, it rends the rocks asunder,
Shakes the earth, and veils the sky:
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
Hear the dying Savior cry;
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
Hear the dying Savior cry.

“It is finished!” O what pleasure
Do these precious words afford;
Heav’nly blessings, without measure,
Flow to us from Christ the Lord:
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
Saints the dying words record;
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
Saints the dying words record.

Finished all the types and shadows
Of the ceremonial law;
Finished all that God had promised;
Death and hell no more shall awe:
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
Saints, from hence your comfort draw;
“It is finished!” “It is finished!”
Saints, from hence your comfort draw.

Tune your harps anew, ye seraphs,
Join to sing the glorious theme;
All in earth, and all in heaven,
Join to praise Emmanuel’s Name;
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory to the bleeding Lamb!
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glory to the bleeding Lamb!

Words: Attributed variously to Jon­a­than Eva­ns, 1784, and Ben­ja­min Fran­cis, 1787.

You can listen to the super-cool Red Mountain Music version here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RGzenLTzZY&feature=related

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2 Responses to It Is Finished – a hymn

  1. One of my favourite songs – the Red Mountain Music version, that is. I remember Dan Hames (http://highoverall.wordpress.com/) teaching it at UCCF’s Forum in 2008, and everyone loved it.

  2. kirstindykes says:

    That must have been pretty awesome :) I’m a bit jealous ;)

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