Jesus’ Words on the Cross
Jesus did not act in anger and condemn those who killed him. He asked for their forgiveness. Luke 23, verse 34 – “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”
Jesus saved the thief on the cross after he asked Jesus to remember him. Luke 23, verse 43 – “And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
Jesus was the oldest son and, therefore, was responsible for his mother. He honored her and provided for her by assigning his responsibilities to another. John 19, verses 26 and 27 – “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.”
Jesus truly died for our sins and was separated from God the Father. He felt real suffering not only in the flesh but also in the spirit. Matthew 27, verse 46 – “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Jesus was a real man, and he experienced real human suffering. John 19, verse 28 – “After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.”
Jesus declared His own victory over death. When He declared, “it is finished,” He was not just declaring that His earthly life was over, He was, also, declaring a completion of prophesies concerning Him, and was declaring victory over sin and death. John 19, verse 30 – “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
Jesus did not die and cease to exist; instead, He returned to the place He came from, Heaven. Here he had a perfect relationship with God the Father. Luke 23, verse 46 – “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”
(Side note: Notice there are 7 statements. 7 is the Biblical number of completion.)
WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR FAMILY
Many people today, including many scholars, professors, and teachers try to tell us that Jesus never existed or they say he was just an ordinary man. These people do not want us to believe that he was God in the flesh, that He was “God with us”. The Bible refutes this in every possible way. The words of Jesus on the Cross reveal something other-worldly about the man who was crucified. Even in His final hours, Jesus did not turn His attention onto his own pain and suffering; instead, He prayed for the forgiveness of those who inflicted unimaginable pain and eventually crucified Him. In the end, He shouted a victorious declaration that He was returning to God the Father. In between, He saved a man, fulfilled His worldly duties to His mother and fulfilled all prophesies concerning His life and death. He suffered as a man, yet even in death he never sinned. Notice that after Jesus declared “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit”, He gave up the ghost. His life was not taken from Him, He gave it up. Jesus gave up His life for us. We should always remember this.
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