Seven pronouncements were made by Our Lord Jesus Christ in His passion on the Cross. These words came out when it is time for Him to speak. He spoke out for our benefit and salvation.
And each of His words had a perfect and great impact on humanity, whom he came to save. Christ Jesus because of his love for us, came into this world and died on the Cross of Calvary to redeem and save mankind from the slave of sin.
He willingly and obediently submits Himself to death. And was crucified by the people He created, as the ultimate and final sacrifice for human sins.
Jesus Christ was mocked, rejected, and tortured and was crucified on the Cross, between two common criminals. He passed through all these just because of me and you.
Here are the last seven words of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, as recorded in Scripture.
THE FIRST MESSAGE: [Father, forgive them]
Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Our benevolent Lord Jesus Christ, in His most profound suffering and pain on the Cross. Never thought about Himself, but was filled with compassion and by the interests of others.
He was not concern about His sufferings, His pain, His weariness, or His wounds. Despite the humiliation and rejection by the soldiers and the Jews.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth looking down from the cross just after he was crucified between two criminals. He saw the soldiers who have mocked, beaten, and tortured him, and who have just nailed him to the cross.
He also remembered Caiaphas and the high priests of the Sanhedrin Pilate who have sentenced him. His Apostles and friends who have deserted him.
Peter who denied him three times, and to the masses who days earlier were, praising him on his way to Jerusalem, and then days later demanded his crucifixion?
He paid no heed to the painful slashes of the straps on his back; to the nails that pierced His hands and feet, nor to the crown of thorns on His head.
Neither did he care about His battered body. All these He ignored because of His love for mankind. He ignored all because He came to save even His adversaries and persecutors.
At the end of his physical suffering and pain, his love for mankind prevails. And He pleaded His Father to forgive! It is only by this His very Sacrifice on the Cross that mankind is able to be forgiven.
THE SECOND MESSAGE: [today you shall be with me in Paradise]
Luke 23:43, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Here it was not just the religious leaders, soldiers or the Jewish people that made a mockery of Jesus. But even one of the criminals that were crucified with Jesus speaks up for Him.
Actually, the two criminals were receiving their very due. Whereas “This man Jesus has done nothing wrong.” Then, turning to Jesus, he asks, Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingdom. (Luke 23:42).
What an amazing faith this repentant sinner has in Jesus. Jesus ignored His own suffering. And responded with mercy, kindness, and generosity to a man that only asked to be remembered!
Jesus shows his Divinity by opening the gates of heaven for a repentant sinner.
This expression grants us hope for salvation, for if we turn our hearts and prayers to Him and accept his forgiveness, we will also be with Jesus Christ at the end of our lives.
THE THIRD MESSAGE: [Mother behold your son]
John 19:26-27, And Jesus said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”
What sorrow must fill Mary’s heart! How she must have felt watching her own son as he carried the Cross, moving to where he will be crucified. I tell you it was a sword pierces Mary’s soul.
Mary his Mother, John, the disciple whom he loved, his mother’s sister Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene were all there watching as Jesus is nailed to the cross.
Despite the pain and suffering, Jesus was overwhelmed by the other people’s problems while on the Cross. He cares for the ones that love him, and also to those that despise him. He cared for even the thief on His right side, promising him Paradise.
Ordinarily, a person who is in pain receives the attention and sympathy of others. But in this case, the Lord Jesus Christ in His pain was the one caring for others. He was so much concerned about His persecutors.
Here He also directed His attention to His mother, committing His beloved disciple, John with the task of taking care of her. He entrusted His mother, who nurtured and loved Him so dearly.
Who stood beside His cross, to John the beloved, the only disciple who followed Him to the Cross. He was concerned about the mother who cared for Him in His childhood and to whom He was obedient. (Luke 2:51).
And with an emotional attachment to Him in His torment in the most heartfelt love and compassion, encouraging Him with impressive words.
The Lord Jesus Christ saw that he must take care of His mother who has shown him so much love, at this time of her distress, in other to console her in her grief.
He considered it proper, being a Son, to comfort His mother in her distress. He comforted her by talking to her, caring for her, and offering her a spiritual son to keep her company.
THE FOURTH MESSAGE: [Why have you abandoned me?]
Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
This cry alone highlighted his loneliness and separation, (Mark 15:40) has it that even his loved ones were “looking at him from afar.” Jesus is now all alone, and he must face death by himself.
Here He feels separated from his Father. Not to mention his earthly friends the disciples, who “all left him and fled” (Matthew 26:56, Mark 14:50). This kind of cry that comes from the painful heart of the human Jesus.
Jesus completely lives the human experience as we do, and by doing so, frees us from the parts of sin. There can not be a more terrible and fearful moment in the history of man as this moment, that Jesus who came to save mankind from their sin is crucified.
The person Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, redeemed us only by His death. And become the only mediator between God and the human race. (I Timothy 2:5-6).
Jesus went to the cross and took the burden of our sins upon Himself, so that, we might be free from sin, and live for righteousness. Only by his wounds, you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24.
The words of Jesus, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? signify that the Father has forsaken Him in order for Him to pay the price of redemption.
He sacrificed His own right and self-respect for our sake. Because it is only in the defeat and destruction of his humanity that the Divine plan of His Father will be made complete.
THE FIFTH WORD: [I am thirsty]
John 19:28, After this, realizing that everything had now been accomplished, and to fulfill the Scripture, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
This fifth word of Jesus is His only human expression of His physical suffering. The wounds inflicted upon him, the crown with thorns on his head, the blood he loses on the three-hour walk on his way to Golgotha, and the nailing upon the cross are now taking their toll.
The Gospel of John first refers to thirst when Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well. After asking for a drink from the woman. He now said to her “Those who drink of this water will be thirsty again.
But anyone who drinks of the water that I will give will never be thirsty. Because the water that I shall give will become in them a spring of water flowing up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
This particular passage signifies there is more than just physical or natural thirst. Jesus also thirsts for the love and salvation of his people, the humankind.
Jesus displayed what he had preached: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his own life for his friends.” John 15:12-13.
THE SIXTH MESSAGE: [It is finished]
John 19:30, After receiving the wine, Jesus said, “It is finished;” and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit.
Here Jesus acknowledged that his pain, passion, and suffering are over. And the task which he was sent to do is completed. On the other hand, His passion displays his Kingship and confirms to be His triumphant road to glory.
Jesus’s anguish in the garden, the abandonment by his Apostles. The mockery and torture, his suffering all alone, the darkness over the land, and his death, is clearly stated by both Matthew (27:47-51) and Mark (15:33-38).
The phrase “It is finished” carries a feeling of accomplishment. The injury and piercing of his side fulfill the prophecy in Zechariah 12:10, Which said that “They will look on Me whom they have pierced.”
Jesus being loyal and obedient to the Father, gives his love for mankind by redeeming us with His death on the Cross. That which was the darkest day of mankind became the brightest day for mankind.
THE SEVENTH MESSAGE: [Father, into your hands I commit my spirit]
Luke 23:46, Jesus screamed in a loud voice, “Father, in your hands I entrust my spirit.”
This Last statement of Jesus is a direct message to the Father in heaven, just before He dies. Bringing to His knowledge that He has accomplished the work which, He gave Him to do. (John 17:4).
Jesus remained loyal and obedient to His Father even to the end. His final statement before his death on the Cross was a prayer to His Father. His relationship with the Father is revealed in the Gospel of John.
- “The Father and I are one” (John 10:30).
- And again at the Last Supper, Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I pronounce is never on my own. It is the Father who dwells in me that is doing his works” (John 12:49).
- I came from the Father to the world, now, I am leaving the world to go to the Father” (John 16:28).
- For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16).
On the Cross, Christ spoke words of assurance to humanity. He did not condemn anybody, neither did He punish nor destroy anyone, in spite of all His sorrows and afflictions.
His cry on the cross clearly indicates His triumph over death, for with death He defeated death. This loud cry trembled the Devil, overthrew and defeated his kingdom.
The Effectiveness Of these words In our Lives, these valuable words said by our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, are worthy of being cherished by all of us.
Therefore brethren, Let these words from the agony Jesus have an effect on our lives. And let us weight in our minds every word and react to them positively, for the sake of our journey to eternity.