The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross
At the crucifixion, Jesus would have been surrounded by speech. The Romans would have been giving and following instructions. Some were busy deciding who would receive the “treasures” of the victims. Those who condemned the robbers would have been hurling abuse, just as the robbers themselves were doing. The crowds would not have been able to hold in their reactions to the gruesomeness of crucifixion. The women would have been weeping. But Jesus? As far as we know, He opened His mouth only seven times. Each time is significant.
Perhaps this is the first of His phrases from the cross. How fitting, as the cross is the means for forgiveness.
The first was about spiritual provision. Now, He focuses on physical provision.
Jesus shows that anyone who comes to Him for eternal life is acceptable.
Jesus alludes to Psalm 22:1, showing the true cost of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Only after He knew all other tasks and people were cared for did He mention His own desires.
Jesus came into the world as a baby, completely dependant on His mother and Joseph. Now, leaving the world, having cared for His own mother, He commits Himself to the Father.
The phrase we mourn over but rejoice in.
The immediate result of the torn veil still holds significance in our hearts today. Through the righteousness of Jesus, all of God’s priests have access to the holy place.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
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The Lord calls us around His table. As we gather, He commands us, “Do this in remembrance of Me” (1 Cor. 11:25). As I consider the great invitation to share in the blood and body of the Lord, I also share these thoughts with you. Perhaps, they will help you reflect.
Except where noted, Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation