The gavel is a symbol of authority, especially in courts and justices. They symbolizes power, authority and firmness.
In the past, gavels were struck to indicate that a meeting will begin, peace and order should be maintained and to end a meeting. Today, gavels are used to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. In addition to that, gavels are used by judges to proclaim proceedings and decisions to be final, legal and irrevocable. Once the gavel is struck, it signifies that no other factors can renew the decision being made. In other words, it is finished, it’s done , it’s over.
John 19:30 NKJV
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.”
Jesus‘ last words, “It is finished” come from the Greek word tetelestai. The Greek word tetelestai is an accounting term that means paid in full.
By saying, “It is finished” Jesus was declaring the debt we owed to God was wiped away completely and forever. He was also declaring that our future needs are already paid for.
Isaiah 53:4-12 NKJV
“Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was woundedfor our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripeswe are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.”
All our sins, sickness, fears, anxieties, and lack were nailed to the cross with Jesus and He said, “IT IS FINISHED“. Just as the Passover lamb provided everything that the Hebrews needed (deliverance, protection, salvation, direction, favor, strength, health…) so Jesus, our Passover Lamb, provided for us. The price has been paid in full. Jesus on the cross was a lot like a judge striking his gavel declaring a legal decision, one that is irrevocable.