As Resurrection Sunday, approaches, we should be mindful of the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
The words spoken by Jesus on the cross before He died are very paramount to explaining the actual work of Jesus Christ and what His life, death, burial, resurrection and ascension means to us as believers.
The seven last sayings of Jesus has great significance. They speak of the ultimate sacrifice made for our salvation. It is vitally important that we understand and know the importance of each of His last sayings.
Father forgive them for they don't know what they do - Luke 23:34
In the midst of His own suffering, we find Jesus thinking of others including those that are actually persecuting Him.
This writing show Jesus as a forgiving Messiah.
Today you will be with me in paradise - Luke 23;43
Jesus saves the thief next to Him by forgiving his sins.
This again speaks of Jesus care for others despite that this same person insulted Him earlier.
The thief pleads with Jesus to "remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” (Luke 23:42)
Woman behold your son son behold your mother - John 19:26
Out of concern for His mother's sorrow, Jesus honors her by letter her know that John, the beloved disciple, would take care of her
It was customary for the firstborn son to take care of their parents therefore yet again we find Jesus, while dying on the cross, caring for another.
My God, my God why have thy forsaken me - Mark 15:34, Matthew 27:46
This saying is often misunderstood but speaks boldly of Christ's humanity.
It speaks of His, as well as our separation from God due to the sin of the world.
Bible Knowledge Commentary explains it as "When the sins of the world were put upon Jesus there was, for the first time, a separation between the Father and the Son. The Bible records something happened between them that we can only understand through the eye of faith."
For Jesus to reconcile the world, the Father had to forsake the Son on our behalf.
I thirst - John 19:28
This saying was a fulfillment of prophecy found in Psalms 69:21
This speaks of Jesus', the water of Life dying of thirst own humanity.
He lived as a man and suffered as a man in order that He could identify with suffering humanity.
It is finished - John 19:30
The Greek for this statement is Tetelestai which is roughly translated "it is finished". Paid in Full or the Price has been paid.
This shows the redemptive work of Christ was now complete.
Father, into your hands I commit my spirit - Luke 23:46
Jesus, voluntarily gave up His life. They could not take it.
He told use in John that He would lay down His life for His sheep.
Even in death, Jesus was in control.
I encourage you this, Resurrection Week, to remember "What He said!" and what it truly means for us. Never forget that He not only died but rose again that we may have life.
Let's Praise God during this beautiful seasons.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
1 Peter 1:3 NASB1995
Never forget, As I Encourage You, I Encourage Myself!
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