Saturday, March 17, 2012

Jesus' Seven Last Statements on the Cross at Calvary

"[God the] Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34

"I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise." Luke 23:43

Jesus speaking to His disciple John and His mother Mary, "Dear woman, here is Your Son...Here is your (John) mother." John 19:26-27

"My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? "Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34 (see also Psalm 22:1)

"I am thirsty." John 19:28

"It is finished." John 19:30

"Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit." Luke 23:46

Jesus made seven last statements from the Cross before His death.  These statements made by Jesus revealed His humanity but also revealed He is truly God. Most important, these seven last statement of Jesus captured the last moments of all that Jesus went through to gain our forgiveness from sin. At the Cross, Jesus fulfilled His divine purpose to become a ransom for humanity (Mark 10:45).  Jesus experienced God’s wrath for the sins of humanity.  On the cross, Jesus was not a criminal nor a victim, but a humble Servant obeying God’s redemptive plan to save the world of their sins.  In return for His death, Jesus asks everyone to love and care for each other in obedience to His command to love one another (John 13:34; John 15:12, 17).

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