Lk. 24:46,47 – and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
As most Christians do, I took another look at the cross this Easter season. If you take a few minutes to look at Calvary, you can easily be swept away in the love of God. I began to reflect on the seven things Jesus said while dying on the cross, these words are deeper than any ocean. Here are those statements with a few short comments.
1. Lk.23:34 – “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
This type of forgiveness is unthinkable to me. The men killing Christ are committing the vilest sin imaginable, killing God’s Son. What was the Lord’s response ? Forgiveness and love.
2. Lk.23:43 – “This day you will be with me in Paradise.”
These were the words spoken to the man we call the thief on the cross. This man was likely suffering a just and well deserved execution. He obviously had heard of Jesus of Nazareth and when he realized he was dying next to the Lord, he began to cry out for mercy. Rather than eternal punishment he slipped into paradise with Christ.
3. Jn.19:26,27 – “Woman, behold your son.”
This tender statement shows us who Jesus considered family, those who believed on Him.
4. MK.15:34 – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”
Again, the unthinkable happens. Jesus took God’s judgement of sin, your sins and my sins, on Himself. This is why Jesus felt forsaken at the cross. He bore my punishment that I could enjoy fellowship with the Father and the Son.
5 Jn.19:28 – “I thirst.”
Of course Christ was human and experienced excruciating thirst at Calvary. But this speaks of more than physical thirst, Jesus is thirsting for God to be glorified by the restoration of fallen man. This was why He came and why He died.
Passion notes -The Fountain of Living Water now thirsts for the souls of men and women to come to him. He thirsts for your friendship.
6. Jn.19:30 – “It is finished.”
The cry of victory as His suffering was coming to an end; redemption had been accomplished, we were delivered totally from the shackles of sin.
7. Lk.23:46 – “Into your hands I commit my spirit.”
Finally, Jesus yields His Spirit up to the Father. As He died in weakness as a human, He is totally dependent on the Father to raise Him from the dead. Three days later it all began, Christ was raised from the grave and the gospel began to be proclaimed in all the world.