Jesus’ Final Sayings From the Cross • EFCA
I say “I love you” at the end of every conversation I have with my family members. It is my hope that my final words as a spouse, father or grandfather would be those of love if something happens to me. These are deliberate words, not a slap on the wrist. Words uttered to others are important, and the last or final words spoken appear to have even more significance. It has the feel of a final will and testament, despite the fact that it is expressed in the context of love rather than a contract.
God’s promises were reaffirmed by Jacob (Gen.
When Jesus gave his farewell address to his followers in the Upper Room, on the way up to the Mount of Olives, on the way to the crucifixion, he followed a similar pattern (Jn.
What came before this was Jesus washing the feet of his followers, an acted parable that conveyed truth in both speech and deed, and the declaration of his betrayal (Jn.
- The Scriptures also include the real last words said by Jesus from the crucifixion, which are recorded in the Gospels.
- “These seven pre-death sayings do not establish a unity, but rather address seven quite diverse situations,” writes Murray J.
- They are unlike any other final remarks delivered by a leader that has ever been recorded in the history of the world.
- Despite the fact that these sayings are not delivered in a single last goodbye address, they are not ad hoc.
- Everything about Jesus’ person, life, and mission was planned and orchestrated with great care.
- In this way, God’s anger against all people would be laid on God the Son, propitiation would be completed, and expiation, or the eradication of sins, would be possible.
- Throughout history, Jesus has/has been the perfect representation and replacement.
- 10:18; 19:11).
- Acts 3:13-17; 4:27-28).
- “He loved them to the end,” John said of Jesus’ love for his disciples, which could also be said of his love for the Father, who he delighted to do his will (Heb.
10:5-7; see also Ps. 40:8) and who he submitted to on his way to the cross, which is seen supremely in the Garden of Gethsemane on his way to the cross (Matt. 26:39, 42). All of this must be taken into consideration while reading and understanding Jesus’ remarks.
- In response, Jesus responded, “Father, forgive them
- For they do not realize what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 And they divided his clothing by casting lots
- Luke 23:43: And he said to him, “Truly, I tell to you, today you will be with me in Paradise,” which means, “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”
- John 19:26-27: When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he adored standing close, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” He then exclaimed to the disciple, “Woman, see, your son!” Then he turned to the disciple and said, “Look, here’s your mother!” And from that hour forward, the disciple took her to his own house
- Matthew 27:45-46: Now from the sixth hour to the ninth hour, there was darkness over the entire area. Jesus shouted out in a loud voice about the ninth hour, asking “Eli Eli lema sabachthani?” which translates as “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” Mark 15:33-34 (NASB): Moreover, when the sixth hour arrived, there was complete darkness across the whole country until the ninth hour. Jesus shouted out in a loud voice at the ninth hour, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?).
- John 19:28: After this, Jesus, knowing that all had now been completed, stated (in fulfillment of the Scripture) “I thirst.”
- John 19:30a: After receiving the sour wine, Jesus declared, “It is finished,” and he bent his head and surrendered his spirit
- Luke 23:45b-46: After receiving the sour wine, Jesus declared, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and surrendered his spirit
- And the temple’s curtain was split in two by the earthquake. In a loud voice, Jesus then said to the Father: “Father, into your hands I submit my spirit!” When he finished speaking, he exhaled his last breath.
In response, Jesus answered, “Father, forgive them; because they are unaware of what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 And they divided his clothing by casting lots; Luke 23:43: And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise,” referring to the fact that he would be with him in Paradise on the third day. If you look closely in John 19:26-27, you will see that Jesus says to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” He then says to the disciple whom he loves, “Woman, behold, your disciple!” “Look, here’s your mother!” he said to the disciple.
Jesus shouted out with a loud voice about the ninth hour, asking “Eli Eli lema sabachthani?” which translates as “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Mark 15:33-34 (KJV) – Moreover, when the sixth hour arrived, there was total darkness across the whole country until the ninth hour.
“I thirst,” Jesus said (in fulfillment of the Scripture) after this, knowing that all had now come to an end.
It was also seen that a hole had been cut in the temple curtain.
- It was 9 a.m. (“the third hour”) when Jesus was crucified, and it was noon (“the sixth hour”) when the darkness began to fall, which continued until 3 p.m. (“the ninth hour”) when the sun came up (Matt 27:45
- Mark 15:25, 33
- Luke 23:44). After speaking at indeterminate times throughout the first three-hour period, Jesus then gave his fourth “message,” which was referred to as “the scream of dereliction,” at the conclusion of the second three-hour period. Following that, it appears that the final three statements were delivered in rapid succession, with the only pause being the time required for Jesus to receive the sour wine in answer to his request, “I am thirsty.” As a result, the final four words were most likely delivered within five to ten minutes. There are contributions from all four Gospel authors to the recorded words of Jesus uttered on the cross: The fourth is recorded by Matthew and Mark
- The first, second, and seventh are recorded by Luke
- The third, fifth, and sixth are recorded by John. Only the fourth and sixth phrases were said “in a loud voice,” with the former indicating the sorrow of abandoning and the latter expressing the joy of triumph
- The others were delivered “in hushed tones.” The three addresses in the sayings – “Father,” “my God,” and “Father” – suggest that Jesus was obsessed on the crucifixion, as he had been throughout his life, with his connection with God, his Father, and that this preoccupation continued on the cross. Every one of the seven words was cradled by God’s fatherly care and Jesus’ filial trust
- Each of the seven words narrows in on Jesus’ attention in an ever-narrowing fashion. First and foremost, his executioners (1), then a fellow suffering (2), then his mother and cousin (3a and b), and ultimately himself (3) are mentioned (4-7). It was only after the needs of others had been met that Jesus considered his own predicament. As seen by the last four sentences of the passage, which cite or allude to the Psalms, Jesus’ intellect was clearly steeped with Scripture. We can draw parallels between Jesus’ repeated use of Deuteronomy during his wilderness temptation (Matt 4:4, 7, and 10)
- Jesus was fully aware of both his physical and spiritual needs (“I am thirsty!”), and addressed them both (“Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit”)
- Jesus was fully aware of his physical and spiritual needs (“I am thirsty!”)
- And Jesus was fully aware of his physical and spiritual needs (“I am thirsty!”). When compared to the fourth cry (“My God.”), which depicts a painfully sad low point in Jesus’ suffering on the crucifixion, the sixth scream (“It is finished!”) indicates a climactic high moment, as well as the only statement in which no one is specifically addressed. The earthquake (Matt 27:51b), the resurrection of many saints (Matt 27:52-53), the confession of the centurion (Matt 27:54
- Mark 15:39
- Luke 23:47), and the burial of Jesus were all direct consequences of Jesus’ seven sayings and death (Matt 27:57-61
- Mark 15:42-47
- Luke 23:50-56
- John 19:31, 38-42). The resurrection of Jesus, his appearances, and his ascension into heaven served as the ultimate conclusion to the story.
It was 9 a.m. (“the third hour”) when Jesus was crucified, and it was noon (“the sixth hour”) when the darkness began to fall, which continued until 3 p.m. (“the ninth hour”) (Matt 27:45; Mark 15:25, 33; Luke 23:44). After speaking at indeterminate times throughout the first three-hour period, Jesus then gave his fourth “word,” which was referred to as “the scream of dereliction,” at the end of the second three-hour period. Following that, it appears that the final three statements were delivered in rapid succession, with the only pause being the time required for Jesus to be supplied with sour wine in answer to his request, “I am thirsty.” In other words, the previous four phrases were presumably delivered within five to ten minutes of one another.
It was just the fourth and sixth phrases that were said in a “loud voice,” with the former conveying anguish at having been abandoned and the latter showing joy at having won.
Every one of the seven words was cradled by God’s fatherly care and Jesus’ filial trust; each of the seven words narrows in on Jesus’ attention in an ever-narrowing circle.
While in the wilderness tempted by Satan (Matt 4:4, 7, and 10), Jesus was fully aware of both his physical and spiritual needs (“I am thirsty!”) and addressed them both; he was also fully aware of his physical needs (“I am thirsty!”) and spiritual needs (“Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit”); and he was fully aware of his physical needs (“I am thirsty!”).
The resurrection of Jesus, his appearances, and his ascension into heaven served as the ultimate conclusion to this narrative.
7 Last Sayings of Jesus on the Cross
Christians all across the world are concentrating their attention during this season of Lent on the gift of salvation. What an incredible experience it is to remember the suffering that Jesus went through during His death on the Cross at the hands of the Roman soldiers, isn’t it? Seven remarks were uttered by Jesus during His last hours on earth, while He hung on the Cross. Each speech revealed something new about Jesus and His character to those who heard it. These are taken from four different Gospel sources and are referred to be Jesus’ “seven final words.” Allow me to suggest that we spend some time today reading (and listening to) these seven final words spoken by Jesus from the Cross.
Jesus’ 7 Last Sayings in Scripture
“Father, pardon them, for they are completely unaware of what they are doing.” In Luke 23:34, the Bible says “Today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise,” the Lord says. In Luke 23:43, the Bible says “Woman, have a look at thy Son.” —Jesus Christ, John 19:26 “My God, my God, why have You left Me?” says the prophet. —Matthew 15:34 “I have a thirst.” —Jesus Christ, John 19:28 “It has been completed.” —Joshua 19:29 “Father, I commit My spirit into Thy hands,” I say. —Luke 23:46 (NASB) The season of Lent is an excellent time to re-read the entire account of Christ’s crucifixion if you haven’t done so recently.
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Is it important to you what Jesus’ seven final words from the Cross mean? Share your opinions with us by leaving a comment in the section below. Let’s take a step forward and read the complete tale as told in the Gospel accounts:
- Matthew 26:14-27:66, Mark 14:12-15:47, Luke 22-23, and John 18-19 are some of the passages to consider.
On Good Friday, we remember and contemplate in ways that our body is incapable of comprehending. Our holy God was impaled on a human torture and death weapon for his sins. His divinity remained intact, and yet He was also entirely human on that particular day. As a result, His words of forgiveness, promise, protection, provision, anguish, human need, fulfillment, and consecration are all the more impactful because of this. Which of Jesus’ final comments has the greatest impact on you? Is it His pardoning of the repentant criminal, or something else?
What is the source of his anguish?
The Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross Explained
Christian’s pause on Good Friday to reflect on the magnitude of Jesus’ sacrifice for us in suffering a humiliating and gruesome death by crucifixion is an annual tradition. In this season, we should take time to reflect on what Jesus went through for us, in all of its agony and intensity, rather than racing headlong into the good news of Easter, resurrection, and new life.
The Last Words of Jesus
Christians have historically thought on Good Friday by reading and pondering on the seven final words of Jesus as he hung on the cross, which have been a part of their tradition for centuries. The following are the last words spoken by Jesus before he died on the cross, according to Luke: At this point, it was around the sixth hour, and there was complete darkness over all of the area until nearly nine hours later, when the sun’s light vanished.
And the temple’s curtain was split in two by the earthquake. In a loud voice, Jesus then said to the Father: “Father, into your hands I submit my spirit!” After saying this, he took his final breath. (See also Luke 23:44)
Significance of Jesus Last Words
In this text, Jesus’ final words are recounted in a poignant manner. All things considered, Jesus’ labor on the crucifixion had almost been completed when he cried out, “Father, into your hands I submit my spirit!” This statement effectively completed the job. A conversation Jesus had with religious leaders regarding his position in God’s grand plan is where the meaning of Jesus’ remark comes from: “I am the good shepherd,” he said. The sheep know who I am, and I know who they are, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I am willing to lay down my life for them.
- I’ll have to bring them along as well, and perhaps they’ll pay attention to my voice.
- Since of this, the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in the hope that I will be able to pick it up again.
- I have the authority to put it down and I also have the authority to pick it up and put it down again.
- He had been assigned a specific job by God.
- As it was Jesus’ God-given job to lay down his life, it was also Jesus’ decision whether or not to do so.
- According to Luke 22:39, Jesus spends a stressful evening in prayer, dealing with the gravity of the mission that lies before of him.
The Seven Last Statements of Jesus
1. According to Matthew 27:46, at around the ninth hour, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” 2. 2. “Father, please forgive them since they are completely unaware of what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). ‘By interceding on their behalf through this prayer, Jesus fulfilled an Old Testament prophesy that had been prophesied hundreds of years before by the prophet Isaiah.’ This prayer, particularly from the cross, would have served as a confirmation of His identity to people who had been looking forward to the coming of their beloved messiah, as predicted by the prophets of God.” Author Amy Swanson explains why Jesus said “Father Forgive Them” in her book Why Did Jesus Say “Father Forgive Them.” 3.
- I swear to you that from this day forward, you’ll be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).
- Jesus was blameless, without sin, and was not the perpetrator of such a heinous killing.
- As a result, Jesus’ response to the criminal was deep, as He assured this sinner that he, too, would enter the gates of Heaven and dwell in Paradise that same day!
- “Dear Woman, here is your kid!” and “Here is your mother!” are both phrases that are heard.
- (See also John 19:26–27.) It was through Jesus that His loving mother and His beloved disciple were able to form a new friendship.
- “I’m a little thirsty” (John 19:28).
- Yet another possible connection would be to draw a relationship between this remark and Christ’s invitation to those who are thirsty to come and drink from the fountain of life (Revelation 22:17).
Jesus’ declaration of thirst comes from a point of bodily fatigue on the part of the disciples.
Jesus speaks of his own thirst as a way of expressing a genuine human desire for nutrition and comfort.
Kyle Norman, What is the Meaning and Significance of Jesus Saying “I Thirst?” 6.
” (See John 19:30.) The mission that His Father had given Him to carry out, which included teaching the Gospel, performing miracles, and bringing His people back together, was successfully completed.
With the words “it is finished,” Jesus is stating that not only does He take away man’s sin, but that He has now removed it as far as the east is from the west, because it has been completed, completed, signed, and sealed because of the blood of Jesus.
(Luke 23:46)Jesus gladly offered his life for the sake of others.
He made the decision not to do so.
This statement is a straight quotation from the passage of Scripture in which it is found.
“I commit my spirit into your hands; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God,” I commit my spirit into your hands, and you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.” (Excerpt from “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit,” by Bethany Verrett, from Beautiful Meaning Behind “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit”).
- This was a traumatic and overwhelming task, but Jesus volunteered to take on the challenge.
- In the hands of those who crucified him, he was not helpless; he was the only one who had the authority to put an end to his life.
- (Revelation 13:8).
- It is still a heinous crime against humanity.
Despite the fact that Jesus submitted, this does not imply that everything was fine. Death was visited upon the author of life by nefarious men (Acts 2:23). Jesus, on the other hand, submitted to evil and injustice because he understood who was really in charge.
Saved by the Blood of Christ
The tale does not end here; there is still hope, which we commemorate on Easter Sunday. But for the time being, let us take a minute to remember the agonizing sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. You can express your gratitude to Jesus for his unwavering love and loyalty, which prompted him to lay down his life as a ransom for your sins. According to the website Crosswalk.com, “In Christianity, Easter is celebrated on the third day following the crucifixion as the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave.
- Remembering the resurrection of Jesus is a powerful way to reaffirm our everyday optimism that we have won the battle against sin.
- Justin Holcomb is an Episcopal priest who also serves as a theology professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Besides that, he is the editor of the book Christian Theologies of Scripture.
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- At Easter, the Son of God took on the sins of the world and beat the devil, death, and the grave in a single battle.
- It is through the characters in The Characters of Easter that you will become familiar with the unusual group of regular people who were present to witness the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.
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Reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Christ
During this time of reflection on Christ’s sacrifice on Good Friday, the Seven Last Words of Jesus provide us with tremendous insight into His thinking as He took on all of mankind’s sins in one act. By uttering these words, He forgives His adversaries as well as the contrite thief. He also calls out to God, announcing the conclusion of His earthly existence. I hope that this quick contemplation may be of use to you as you observe Good Friday.
The First Word
“Father, pardon them, for they are completely unaware of what they are doing.” 23:34 (Luke 23:34) The Father already knows what the Son is thinking, but via these words, the Father and Son allow us to share in their thoughts as well as their understanding.
They draw our attention to the fact that forgiveness is made available to us through this sacrifice, and that it is through forgiveness that we are set free from the sin and falsehoods that have entrapped us.
The Second Word
“Amen, I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise,” the narrator says. Luke 23:43 (NIV) When the contrite thief admitted his sin and evil, Christ accepted him and welcomed him into his kingdom. Our redemption is also possible if we recognize our own depravity.
The Third Word
“Woman, have a look at your son. “Son, take a look at your mother.” John 19:26–27 (KJV) When we hear this term, our attention is drawn away from the drama of the crucifixion and onto those who stand at its foot. She is established as John’s mother as well as our mother in the faith as a result of this event.
The Fourth Word
“My God, My God, why have you deserted me?” says the narrator. Matthew 27:46 (KJV) Mark 15:34 is a biblical passage. Psalm 22 is being quoted by Jesus. Through the Word, Christ expresses his acceptance of His suffering to the Father. That Psalm, like Christ’s suffering, will come to a conclusion of victory and hope. Christ does not give himself to the Father; rather, Christ abandons himself to the Father of his own volition.
The Fifth Word
“I have a thirst.” John 19:28 (NIV) Mother Teresa’s ministry began when Jesus appeared to her and instructed her to build a community that would fulfill His need for souls. This was the beginning of her ministry. As an analogy, we witness Jesus’ thirst at the cross, not only on a bodily level, but also on a spiritual level, indicating His desire for us to know and love Him.
The Sixth Word
“It has been completed.” Matthew 27:46 (KJV) Mark 15:34 is a biblical passage. Creation is being healed as a result of the words we have just read. The Father’s wrath has been appeased. We are given freedom, cleanliness, and grace as a result of His compassion being conveyed to the people of God.
The Seventh Word
Father, I entrust my spirit into Your care. ” Luke 23:46 (NIV) For the sake of all of us, Jesus bends His head and hands up His spirit to His Father. This historic and wonderful moment indicates that the past has come to an end, and that a bright future awaits everyone who choose to embrace it. When Jesus was crucified, it pointed the way forward to a road of hope that would lead the saved to an unending future with Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit. The following is an adaptation of the Basilica’s 2018 Lenten Reflection Series.
7 Last Words Jesus Christ Spoke on the Cross
During the final hours of his life on the cross, Jesus Christ delivered seven final utterances. These statements are cherished by Christ’s disciples because they provide a look into the depths of his suffering in order to bring about salvation. They are recorded in the Gospels between the time of his crucifixion and the time of his death, and they demonstrate both his divinity and humanity. These seven final remarks of Jesus are given here in chronological order to the extent that it is feasible to do so based on the approximate sequence of events depicted in the Gospel accounts.
1) Jesus Speaks to the Father
23:34 (Luke 23:34) He then replied to the Father, “Father, pardon them, for they have no idea what they are doing.” (According to the New International Version of the Bible (NIV), this is how it is rendered.) Throughout his ministry, Jesus demonstrated his ability to forgive sins. The forgiveness of both foes and friends was something he had taught his students.
Jesus was now putting into reality what he had preached, forgiving his own tormentors. The heart of Jesus, even in the midst of his great agony, was focused on others rather than on himself. We can see the character of his love in this passage: it is unconditional and heavenly.
2) Jesus Speaks to the Criminal on the Cross
Luke 23:43 (NIV) In all seriousness, today you will join me in paradise, I swear to you.” (NIV) Unknown to the rest of the convicts who were crucified with Christ, one of them recognized Jesus and professed confidence in him as Savior. As Jesus convinced the dying man of his forgiveness and eternal salvation, we witness God’s grace being poured forth via faith in this scene. In fact, Jesus assured the thief that he would enjoy eternal life with Christ in paradise that same day, and he would not even have to wait.
3) Jesus Speaks to Mary and John
John 19:26 – John 19:27 In response to the presence of his mother and the adjacent presence of the disciple whom he cherished, Jesus addressed his mother as “Dear lady, here is your son,” and the beloved disciple as “Here is your mother.” (NIV) When Jesus looked down from the cross, he was still overwhelmed with the concerns of a son for his mother’s material needs on the terrestrial plane. Because none of his brothers were there to care for her, he delegated this responsibility to the Apostle John.
4) Jesus Cries Out to the Father
Matthew 27:46 (KJV) In the ninth hour, Jesus shouted out in a loud voice, “Elim Eli, lama Sabachthani?” (Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? “My God, My God, why have You deserted Me?” says the speaker. (This is the translation from the New King’s James Version, also known as the NKJV.) Mark 15:34 is a biblical passage. Then about three o’clock in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which translates as “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” NLT stands for New Living Translation, and it is a translation of the New Testament.
And, although much has been speculated about the meaning of this word, it was abundantly clear that Christ was in anguish as he announced his separation from God.
5) Jesus Is Thirsty
John 19:28 (NIV) Jesus saw that everything had come to a close, and in order to fulfill the Scriptures, he declared, “I am thirsty.” According to Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23, Jesus declined the first drink of vinegar, gall, and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) that was offered to ease his pain. In this passage however, we find Jesus fulfilling amessianic prophesy contained in Psalm 69:21, which reads as follows: “They offer me a glass of sour wine to quench my thirst.” (NLT)
6) It Is Finished
In John 19:30, Jesus says “It is completed!” he said. (New Living Translation)Jesus understood that he was being crucified for a reason. He had previously said in his life, in John 10:18, that “No one can take it away from me, but I choose to put it down of my own free will. I have the authority to put it down and the authority to pick it back up again if necessary. This is a directive that I got from my Father.” In the New International Version, these three words were densely packed with meaning because what was completed here was not only Christ’s earthly life, not only his suffering and death, not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world, but also the very reason and purpose for which he had come to earth.
His ultimate act of submission had been completed. The Scriptures had been brought to completion.
7) Jesus’ Last Words
Luke 23:46 (NIV) When Jesus cried out in a loud voice, he was saying, “Father, I submit my spirit into your hands.” When he had finished speaking, he took his last breath. Here, Jesus ends with the words of Psalm 31:5, in which he addresses God the Father. (NIV) In his entire reliance on his heavenly Father, we may see him at his most vulnerable. As he had done every day of his life, Jesus approached death in the same manner in which he had lived: by offering his life as a perfect sacrifice and leaving himself in the hands of God.
What were the seven last words of Jesus Christ on the cross and what do they mean?
QuestionAnswer Following are the seven remarks that Jesus Christ made while hanging on the cross (in no particular order): “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” Jesus cried out with a loud voice about the ninth hour in Matthew 27:46, which translates as “My God, my God, why have you left me?” in English. God had to “turn away” from Jesus due to the sins of the entire world being thrown on Him, and as a result, God had to communicate His sentiments of abandonment by saying, “I feel abandoned.” While Jesus was bearing the weight of sin on His shoulders, He was also experiencing the single time in all of eternity that He would be separated from God.
- It is possible that those who executed Jesus were not fully aware of the gravity of what they were doing since they did not recognize Him as the Messiah.
- (3) “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise,” the narrator states (Luke 23:43).
- This was given because the offender had shown his trust in Jesus, recognizing Him for who He truly was, even at the hour of his execution, and the court ruled in his favor (Luke 23:42).
- Christ’s ready surrender of His soul into the Father’s care indicates that He was going to die – and that God had accepted His offering of Himself.
- (5) “Dear Lady, please accept this as your son!” “Here is your mother!” says the other.
- And it was at that point that John accepted her into his own house (John 19:26-27).
- (6) ” I’m a little thirsty ” (John 19:28).
- Having shown thirst, He encouraged the Roman soldiers to administer vinegar, which was usual at the crucifixion, therefore fulfilling the prophesy of the elders of Israel.
(See John 19:30.) Jesus’ final remarks indicated that His suffering had come to an end and that the whole task His Father had assigned Him to do, which included preaching the Gospel, performing miracles, and obtaining eternal salvation for His people, had been completed, achieved, and fulfilled.
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2) Jesus Speaks to the Criminal on the Cross
Luke 23:43 (NIV) In all seriousness, today you will join me in paradise, I swear to you.” (NIV) One of the convicts who was crucified with Christ had identified Jesus as the Messiah and professed confidence in him as his Savior, according to the Bible. As Jesus convinced the dying man of his forgiveness and eternal salvation, we witness God’s grace being poured forth through faith in this passage.
3) Jesus Speaks to Mary and John
John 19:26-27 (KJV) In response to the presence of his mother and the adjacent presence of the disciple whom he cherished, Jesus addressed his mother as “Dear lady, here is your son,” and the beloved disciple as “Here is your mother.” (NIV) When Jesus looked down from the cross, he was still overwhelmed with the concerns of a son for his mother’s material needs on the terrestrial plane. Because none of his brothers were there to care for her, he delegated this responsibility to the Apostle John.
4) Jesus Cries Out to the Father
Matthew 27:46 (KJV) (also Mark 15:34) And at about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? “My God, My God, why have You deserted Me?” says the speaker. (NKJV) The first verses of Psalm 22 were said by Jesus during the most difficult hours of his suffering. And, although much has been speculated about the meaning of this word, it was abundantly clear that Christ was in anguish as he announced his separation from God. In this passage, we witness the Father turning away from the Son as Jesus bore the whole burden of our sin.
5) Jesus is Thirsty
John 19:28 (NIV) Jesus saw that everything had come to a close, and in order to fulfill the Scriptures, he declared, “I am thirsty.” (NLT) Jesus turned down the first drink of vinegar, gall, and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) that was brought to him in order to relieve his pain. Psalm 69:21, on the other hand, shows Jesus fulfilling amessianic prophesy that took place many hours earlier.
6) It is Finished
John 19:28 is a biblical passage. In order to fulfill the Scriptures, Jesus declared “I am thirsty” after realizing all had been completed. (NLT) As recorded in Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23, Jesus refused to take the first drink of vinegar, gall, and myrrh provided to soothe his pain. Psalm 69:21, on the other hand, shows Jesus fulfilling amessianic prophesy that was made several hours before.
7) Jesus’ Last Words
Luke 23:46 (NIV) When Jesus cried out in a loud voice, he was saying, “Father, I submit my spirit into your hands.” When he had finished speaking, he took his last breath. Here, Jesus ends with the words of Psalm 31:5, in which he addresses the Father.
(NIV) We can tell that he has entire faith in the Father. As he had done every day of his life, Jesus approached death in the same manner in which he had lived: by offering his life as a perfect sacrifice and leaving himself in the hands of God.
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Last words that are well-known. We’ve all heard them at some point. They even draw cartoons about them, such as the phrase “This appears to be simple” printed on a gravestone. There are some encouraging last words, such as “Drink to me,” which is ascribed to Pablo Picasso, among others. Some of them are prayerful, such as the “Amen” of Pope John Paul II. The execution of St. Thomas More’s beard from the executioner’s block, stating, “This has not displeased the monarch,” is one example of a comical execution.
The Seven Last Words
“Father, pardon them; they are completely unaware of what they are doing” (Lk 23:34). “Woman, see, there’s your son” (Jn 19:26). “I have a thirst” (Jn 19:28). “Amen, I say to you, you will be with me in Paradise today,” the Lord says (Lk 23:43). “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” says the narrator. (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34.) “It has been completed.” (See also John 19:30.) The spirit of “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit” (Lk 23:46). “The Seven Last Words” of Christ are a Lenten meditation that is traditionally done during the last few days of Lent, but can be done at any time.
- hands.” The “seven words” were actually seven sentences, and they were from the Passion stories in each of the four Gospels, which I only realized after they had been repeated again and over.
- “There has never been a sermon like the Seven Last Words,” says the author.
- As a result, even when the words are sorrowful, serious, and even terrifying, we must remember that they are conveying this uplifting message.
A quotation from Matthew and Mark is included among the “Seven Last Words”: “My God, My God, why have you left me?” ‘Eli Eli lama sabachthani?’ is the only one of the seven final words of Jesus before his death that has survived in the original Aramaic, the common language in which he would have spoken: “Eli Eli lama sabachthani?’ (Mt 27:46 and Mk 15:34, which has “Eloi, Eloi.” In addition, these are the first words of Psalm 22, which is considered as one of the Psalms of Lament in the Bible.
- The psalm is divided into three sections, the first two of which are filled with anguish.
- This is one of the most comforting psalms in the Bible, with the opening line “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack.” According to the vast majority of biblical experts, Jesus meant for us to think about Psalm 23 when we heard Psalm 22.
- This could be most obvious in the second of the Seven Last Words, delivered to the repentant thief: “This day you shall be with me in Paradise,” which many believe to be the most poignant of all (Lk 23:43).
- Several scholars believe that Jesus’ citation from Psalm 22 (v.
- This verse, however, has a significant significance for Archbishop Sheen as well.
- for love!” The archbishop explained that because Christ died for us out of love for us, he was also desiring our love in return for his death on the cross.
And it’s the final word that actually counts in this conversation.
The Seven Last Words of Christ provide food for thought throughout Lent.
We’ve all heard them at some point.
There are some encouraging last words, such as “Drink to me,” which is ascribed to Pablo Picasso, among others.
The execution of St.
However, there are no more beautiful final words than those said by Jesus on the cross.
When I was a youngster, I remember sitting in church on Palm Sunday and again on Good Friday, listening to the reading of the Passion and attempting to figure out which of the “seven” last words were actually spoken: “Father.
In his book on the subject, Archbishop Fulton Sheen writes, “There has never been a preacher like the dying Christ in history.” There has never been a congregation quite like the one that assembled around the pulpit of the Cross on that day.
The final words of Jesus must be considered in the context of the Gospels, which serve as a recounting of “the Good News” of redemption.
To paraphrase Archbishop Sheen, they are all lessons in one way or another.
The psalm is divided into three sections, the first two of which are filled with anguish.
This is one of the most comforting psalms in the Bible, with the opening line “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not lack.” According to the vast majority of biblical experts, Jesus meant for us to think about Psalm 23 when we heard Psalm 22.
This could be most obvious in the second of the Seven Last Words, delivered to the repentant thief: “This day you shall be with me in Paradise,” which many believe to be the most poignant of all (Lk 23:43).
Several scholars believe that Jesus’ citation from Psalm 22 (v.
This verse, however, has a significant significance for Archbishop Sheen as well.
It meant, according to the archbishop, that, just as Christ died for us out of love for us, he was also desirous of receiving our love in return.
And it’s the final word that actually counts in this conversation. The Collegeville Biblical Commentary; Psalms for All Seasons; The Seven Last Words; and The New American Bible are some of the resources used in this study.
The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ
While hanging on the cross, preparing to die for the sins of the world, the seven final words of Jesus Christ recorded in the four Gospels are read out by the disciples. These final statements are crucial because they demonstrate to us that Jesus remained faithful to the very end of his earthly existence. He remained true to himself and the message he preached throughout his life. Jesus never wasted a word, and the seven final words he uttered were packed with meaning and had the potential to change the lives of people who heard them.
1) The First Word
“Father, please forgive them since they have no idea what they are doing.” 23:34 (Luke 23:34) These words were spoken by Jesus as a plea to his Father, imploring him to pardon those who crucified him since they were unaware of the consequences of their actions. They believed they were crucifying a regular guy and had failed to identify Jesus as the Son of God until after he was crucified. He offered his life for the forgiveness of sins, and he had to forgive those who were attempting to put him to death at the hands of the authorities.
Because he bore the sin of many and interceded on their behalf, he is known as the Lamb of God.” Isaiah 53:12 is a biblical passage.
He was well aware that they would want his forgiveness, albeit they were unaware of this at the time.
As a result of his death on the cross, Jesus forgives us of our sins today, and we are obligated to accept his forgiveness anytime we commit a sin.
2) The Second Word
“I swear to you, today you will be with me in heaven,” says the author. Luke 23:43 (NIV) These are the remarks that were spoken to one of the criminals who was crucified with Jesus on the cross. This occurred after the felon requested that Jesus keep him in mind when he entered his kingdom. He had the belief that Jesus was the promised Messiah. He even scolded the other criminal who had moked Jesus, telling him that if he truly believed that he was the Messiah, he should rescue himself as well as both of them.
His death and resurrection were not just for the purpose of atoning for sins, but also for the purpose of providing eternal life to those who place their faith in him.
With these statements, Jesus affirms that he will not turn anyone away who comes to him for assistance (John 6:37).
Anyone who will reach out to him will be given the opportunity to receive his free gift of salvation. “All those whom the Father grants me will come to me, and whomever comes to me I will never drive away,” says the prophet. 6:37 (John 6:37)
3) The Third Word
“Woman, please accept this as your son.” John 19:26-27 (KJV) By speaking these words to his mother, Mary, Jesus demonstrated his compassionate nature to us. She was at the foot of the cross with the disciple whom Jesus adored, and they were both crying. In addition, he informed the disciple, “Here is your mother,” in reference to the Virgin Mary. After he died, Jesus wanted to make certain that his mother would have someone to look after her in his absence. As Simeon had foretold to her when Jesus was a child, Mary’s heart was heavy with sadness (Luke 2:34-35).
Because Mary had to stand by and watch her son be tortured and die, the time of fulfillment had arrived.
He provides for us and sees to it that we have a prosperous existence.
“And my God will provide all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus,” says the Bible.
4) The Fourth Word
“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” said the narrator. The phrase literally translates as “My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” Matthew 27:46 (KJV) This is what Jesus said after he had spent hours on the cross, since he believed God had abandoned him. He must have been in misery and must have felt completely alone. Because of his knowledge that he would have to die on the cross, Jesus was crying out from the depths of his soul. With the weight of the world’s sins on his shoulders, Christ had a sense of estrangement from his Father.
This implies that God had to abandon him because he was burdened with our sins.
Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) Today, we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to pardon us of our transgressions.
5) The Fifth Word
“I’m thirsty,” I say. John 19:28 (NIV) Because Jesus had a physical body, just like everyone of us, he had bodily requirements when he was on earth. Accordingly, he experienced the pain of a human being’s physical body. Jesus was thirsty as a result of the agony he had through, and he desired a drink to satisfy his thirst. He was given a concoction of vinegar and gallstones. ‘There, they offered Jesus wine to drink that had been mixed with gall; A)” data-cr=” cen-NIV-24164A”>but after tasting it, he refused to drink it.
He gave the woman at the well in John 4 a sip of life water and promised her that she would never thirst again after drinking it. When we drink from the living water of Jesus, we will no longer be thirsty for anything.
6) The Sixth Word
“It has been completed.” 19:30 John the Evangelist Jesus’ death on the cross served a purpose, and as he neared the conclusion of his life, he stated that the goal had been accomplished. He had died on the cross in order to bring about the redemption of mankind, and he had done his task. It is a simple remark, but when you consider its implications, it becomes really deep. Today, we rejoice in the accomplished work of Christ on the cross, as well as in the freedom he has provided for us. The Bible states in John 17:4 that Jesus has “given you glory on earth by completing the mission you sent me to complete.” John 17:4 (NIV) He had fulfilled prophesy and completed the task assigned to him by his Father.
Jesus demonstrated to us that it is essential to finish the tasks that God has assigned to each of us while on earth.
We, like Jesus, may claim at the conclusion of our lives that we have completed the course and are prepared to face our Creator in the afterlife.
7) The Seventh Word
“Father, I entrust my spirit into your capable hands.” Luke 23:46 (NIV) After completing his mission on earth by dying on the cross, Jesus surrendered his spirit and breathed his last in the garden. These were the very last words he said, and they signaled the end of his physical existence on this planet. For the sake of us, he gladly gave up his life so that we may have eternal life. As Jesus says in John 10:15, he “lays down his life for his sheep,” and as he took his last breath, it appeared that he was doing just that.
According to some, Jesus failed because he was unable to rescue himself; nevertheless, those who believe in him know that he has provided them with eternal life.
The Importance of The Seven Last Sayings Of Christ
We should remember Jesus’ final words on the cross because they remind us that he is a compassionate Savior who is concerned about our needs. He gave us his gift of love in the midst of great agony, and he understands what we go through when we suffer. Because he knows our suffering, we can always turn to him for solace and support when we are feeling down. At the crucifixion, Jesus completed the job that had been begun in order to present us with the inheritance we now enjoy as Christians. Because we are members of God’s Kingdom, everything we require has already been made accessible to us by God via Christ’s death on the cross.
We are only able to accept whatever he has supplied for us.
What Does the Death of Jesus Mean to Us?
Jesus’ death on the cross was a sacrifice that he made on our behalf so that we would not be need to offer the sacrifice of bulls and goats in the future. He atoned for our sins once and for all on the cross of Calvary. ” And it was through the sacrifice of the body B)” data-cr=” cen-NIV-30144B”>of Jesus Christ that we were made holy A)” data-cr=” cen-NIV-30144A”>once and for all.” 10:10 (Hebrews 10:10) The death and resurrection of Jesus resulted in the establishment of a New Covenant, under which God places his rules in our hearts and writes them on our brains.
Jesus was victorious over the devil, and he gave us the authority to carry that triumph forward in our lives today.
Nothing will harm you because I have given you the authority to tread on snakes A)” data-cr=” cen-NIV-25383A”>and scorpions and to overpower all of the enemy’s might.” We are reconciled to God when we accept Jesus’ offer of redemption, which means we are no longer divided from Him.
“However, to those who did receive him, to those who believed A)” data-cr=” cen-NIV-26057A”>in his name, B)” data-cr=” cen-NIV-26057A”>in his name, -cr=” cen-NIV-26057B”>he granted the privilege to become God’s children.” John 1:12 is a quotation from the Bible.
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