Jesus’ Last Seven Words On the Cross & What They Mean For Us Today

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If you could control the moment you died, what would your last words be?  

Jesus controlled His. 

Let’s look at what He chose to say.

Let’s look at His last seven words on the cross and what they mean to us today.


1. Forgiveness

“Father, forgive them;
for they do not know what they are doing.”
(Luke 23:34 NASB)

Christ’s first recorded words on the cross were a prayer. But not for Himself. 

“Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.” 

Really? They didn’t know what they were doing?

It took awhile for Christ to stumble up to Calvary in His tortured state. They had plenty of time to realize where this would end.

They drove nails through His hands and feet.

How could they not know what they were doing?

And yet . . .“Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they’re doing.”

They didn’t know because sin blinded them.

The Jewish leaders, the crowd who cried out for His crucifixion, Governor Pilate who gave the order for His death, and the Roman guards who carried out their evil desires were all blinded by sin.

If they’d truly understood what they were doing, they wouldn’t have done it.

They would’ve been too horrified.

Instead, they would’ve bowed before Jesus, not mocked, denied, and crucified Him.

What this means for us:

Like those who crucified Christ, we deny, excuse, and wink at sin. 

And just like them, we’re blind to the depths and seriousness of it.

If we saw our sin as it actually is — as God sees it — it would revolt us. We’d stay far from it. 

But we’re just as easily blinded by sin. 

Unless God opens our eyes to it, we’ll stay blind.

Ask God to help you see sin for what it is so you’ll want to stay far from its destructiveness.

Sort of like most of us wouldn’t be tempted to eat roach-filled brownies. 

Then remember how sin blinds. That way when others sin against you, even those who surely know what they’re doing, your heart will be able to forgive. Like Christ’s.

“Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they’re doing.” 

Because none of us truly do.


2. Salvation

“And He said to him, ‘Truly I say to you,
today you shall be with Me in Paradise.’”
~ Luke 23:43

Two criminals hung on the cross next to Christ. One spewed hate. The other admitted his guilt and asked Christ for mercy.  

Salvation only came to one that day.

The thief, who believed Jesus is exactly who He said He was, joined Christ in heaven that day. The other one doomed himself to hell by his unbelief. He had the same opportunity to believe but refused.

What this means for us:

As long as there is breath in our lungs, it’s not too late for us to choose to believe.

But we won’t have forever to make that choice.

Time ran out on the other criminal.

Don’t let time run out on you. Choose today while there’s still today. 


3. Compassion

“Dear woman, here is your son.”
John 19:26

The first three of Jesus’ last words were for other people. 

His concern, as He hung in agony, was for the forgiveness, salvation, and needs of others. 

Specifically the needs of His mother. Mary. 

We don’t know what happened to Joseph by this point. Most believe he must have died as he’s not mentioned in the Bible after Jesus was grown. 

As Jesus hung on the cross, and pain pierced His body, He focused on His mother and passed the responsibility of caring for her to His beloved disciple, John. 

What this means for us today:

Jesus showed us that much can be accomplished no matter our circumstances through great, selfless love for God and others.

It’s natural when we’re in pain to turn our thoughts inward. But studies have shown that when we turn our thoughts and actions toward serving others instead, our pain tolerance increases.

Jesus wasn’t trying to reduce His stress by His actions, but it’s not a bad benefit. 

Jesus also demonstrated the importance of always showing love to your mother.

Did you hear that, kids? Jesus said so.  


4. Anguish

“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
~ Mark 15:34

When Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsake Me?” did He not understand what God was doing? 

Was He suddenly confused in His anguish? 

Absolutely not.

In all of Christ’s humanity, He never lost His deity.

When He humbled Himself and took on the physical form of man, He laid aside His rights, not His divinity.

He submitted His rights even to death on a cross, but He never lost sight of His purpose or God’s plan.

Yes, He suffered terrible anguish in His body from the agony of the cross and the flogging He endured beforehand.

He also suffered in His soul, as He carried the crushing weight of our despised sin.

But Jesus wasn’t confused. He was quoting the first verse in Psalm 22.

Psalm 22 is filled with prophecies about Him, the Messiah, the Promised Savior. Every Jewish leader listening to Him knew that psalm.

By quoting that verse, Jesus declared that Psalm 22 spoke of Him. 

Earlier in His ministry, Jesus had told the Jewish leaders that Moses wrote about Him. (John 5:46) In this one prayer, He revealed the Psalmists did as well. 

What this means for us today:

In these words, Christ settles forever the question, “Does God really love me? Do I really matter?” 

The answer is a resounding, “Yes.”

Which of us would hand over our own beloved son to be tortured and forsaken for our friends, much less our enemies?

Who among us would pour out their own fierce wrath upon their beloved only son for the sin of those who spit on him and mocked him? 

God did. (Romans 5:10)

And which of us would be willing to endure such torment for those who don’t deserve it?

Jesus was. (Hebrews 12:2)

Yes, God really loves you. 

And, yes, you really matter to Christ.


5. Suffering

“I am thirsty.”
~ John 19:28

In Christ’s humanity, His body was ready to give out. It suffered intense physical thirst.

In Psalm 22, God pointed to this moment.

“My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.”
~ Psalm 22:15

Through King David, God prophecized that Jesus would drink bitterness.

“…for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.”
~ Psalm 69:21

What this means for us today:

Man can live a long time without food, although it wouldn’t be fun. But man cannot live long without water. 

Jesus suffered agonizing physical thirst that spoke to our spiritual thirst. 

Earlier in His ministry, Jesus spoke of spiritual thirst to the Samaritan woman at the well.

He said to her, “Give Me a drink.” (John 4:7)

She was surprised by this for many reasons and was drawn into a conversation with Christ. In a way that only Jesus can do, He told her about Himself. 

“Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 4:13-14

We’re all created as spiritual beings. And without Christ–the Living Water–our spiritual thirst can never be quenched. And we can never truly live.

Without Him, we’ll merely survive until we die. Eternally.

With Him, rivers of living water spring up from us to eternal life, and we will never thirst again. 


6. Victory

“It is finished!”
~ John 19:30

What God begins, He finishes. Period. 

Christ accomplished our salvation. The terrible price had been paid on the cross. 

From that moment in the Garden of Eden when the crunch of rebellion was heard ‘round the world, all of heaven and earth longed to hear these three words spoken.

“It is finished!” 

Through these three final words uttered on the cross, Christ expressed what every person longs to hear.

“I love you!” 

What this means for us today:

Everything you need for salvation has already been accomplished.

All you need to do is accept Jesus’ gift of salvation. You need to do anything to earn it. No good deeds or special works.

You can’t earn it. You don’t have it in you because you’ve got sin in you instead.

Simply:

Admit you’re a natural born sinner with no hope of ever being free of your sin apart from Christ,

Believe in your heart that Jesus paid for all your sin on the cross, and

Confess Him as your Lord,

You will be saved. 

Jesus finished the work of salvation on the cross. Accept it. Receive it. Enjoy it.

“It is finished!”  


7. Joy

“Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!”
~ Luke 23:46
 

Just like Christ’s first words on the cross, His last words were a prayer to God.

In His words, we see the beauty of the perfect relationship between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Jesus' Last Seven Words On the Cross and What They Mean For Us Today (via www.jeanwilund.com) #Easter #GoodFridayWe also see the proof that Jesus truly gave His life. No one took it. 

His disciple Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus to the Jewish leaders. 

The leaders demanded Pilate crucify Him. 

Pilate handed Jesus over to the Roman guards. 

The Roman guards nailed Jesus to the cross. 

But no one took His life. 

Jesus chose the exact moment when He would die. 

After declaring, “It is finished,” Jesus prayed, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” 

Then He bowed His head and gave up His life. 

Scripture doesn’t say He passed away, thus His head fell forward. 

It says, “He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” ~ John 19:30

What a powerful display of Christ’s divinity. Even as He suffered the deepest agony possible, He remained sovereign over all, perfect in all His ways.

The agony was behind Him. The joy before Him. Jesus said His last words and then entered into His joy.

What this means for us today:

The Bible says it best.

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2

These were Jesus’ Last Seven Words before He gave His life on the cross.
But this is not the end of the story.

Today is Friday, but Sunday’s coming!


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NOTE: Just to be clear, Jesus’ last seven words on the cross weren’t actually His “last words” because He’s never going to have “last words.” He rose from the dead and lives — and speaks — forevermore.





Reality Sunk In. Jesus was Gone. He is Risen! Just as He Said.

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REALITY SUNK IN. JESUS WAS GONE.

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit. 

Jesus’ followers watched

as darkness descended.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

They laid Him in a tomb.

A stone sealed away hope.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

The disciples mourned.

One day.

The world slept.

Two days.

Reality sunk in. 

Jesus was gone.

Three days.

The earth shook.

The stone rolled away.

The Truth was revealed.

Jesus was gone.

Then his disciples remembered. 

And reality sunk in.

Sin had lost its power. 

Death had lost its sting.

Hell had been defeated.

He is risen!

Just as He said. 

“Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered His words.”
~
Luke 24:5-8

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Remember

He is Risen Just as He Said! (Music Video Arise My Love by Newsong) via www.JeanWilund.comJesus’s disciples had known the truth. He’d told them He’d rise from the dead.

But the facts that faced them proved He’d been wrong. Jesus was gone.

Dead and gone.

But after He rose again, they remembered. Jesus is sovereign over all—even facts

Just as He’d said He would do, Jesus conquered sin and death and rose from the grave. 

No matter your circumstances or feelings, remember the truth. Remember Jesus’ wordseven when everything inside you screams otherwise.

Jesus has never let you down. He won’t start now.

He is faithful. Just as He said.

Trust and believe!




One Day. Two Days. Reality Sunk In. Jesus Was Gone.

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REALITY SUNK IN

“It is finished,” He’d cried.

Then He lowered His head

and gave up His Spirit. 

Jesus’ followers watched as the earth moved.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

They laid Him in a tomb.

A stone sealed away hope.

Reality sunk in.

Jesus was gone.

The disciples mourned.

One day.

The world slept.

Two days.

Reality sunk in. 

Jesus was gone.

(to be continued . . . )


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I hope you’ll share this, but remember the story isn’t over. 

It’s only Saturday after Friday before Sunday.

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Three Powerful Ways Christ Said I Love You

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I love you. 

The three best words ever spoken. 

In French, they say Je t’aime.

In Italian, Ti amo. Spanish, Te amo.

Germans say Ich liebe dich.

But on Good Friday, Christ said I love you with three different words: It is finished.

With these three words, Christ had taken all our sin upon Himself and set us free from its destructive, powerful grip. He bought us eternal life.

No more would we have to pay the penalty of our sin. Christ paid it all. It is finished. 

I love you couldn’t be said better . . . unless perhaps followed by three other words on the third day: He is risen.

On this Good Friday, let’s focus on these three powerful, extravagant ways Jesus said to us, I love you.

Three Powerful Ways Jesus Said I Love You


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Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 ESV


It is finished.

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
~ John 19:30 ESV


He is risen.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
~ Matthew 28:6 KJV


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How Jesus and Barabbas Are Similar but Very Different – And That Makes All the Difference

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Just imagine1. . .

Barabbas, the son of the father

“He’s so beautiful,” the baby’s mother said to her husband. “Look, he has your eyes. Let’s call him Barabbas, son of the father.”

The proud father smiled.

Years flew by, and Barabbas grew up.

Somewhere along the path of his life, Barabbas became involved with a terrorist group in the midst of an attempted revolution and became a murderer. (Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19)

Now Barabbas sat in prison as another prisoner stood before Governor Pilate.

Jesus, the Son of the Father

“Crucify Him!” the people shouted. Some screamed and pointed at Jesus as He stood before Pilate in Jerusalem.

Pilate looked at the crowd of angry Jews and asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas 2, or Jesus, who is called the Messiah?’” 

The crowd shouted, “Give us Barabbas!” 

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” 

“Crucify Him!” they shouted.

“Why, what evil has He done?”

But they shouted all the more. “Crucify Him!” 

Freedom

Sitting in prison, Barabbas heard the guard approaching.

“Barabbas, this is your lucky day. Come with me. You’re being released.”

Barabbas stood with a look of shock mingled with confusion and elation.  

“Pilate wants to release some man named Jesus, the Jew’s Messiah,” the guard said, “but the Jews seem determined to crucify Him. Pilate ordered me to bring you. He’s going to make them choose between you and Jesus.”

“Their want to crucify their own Messiah? What crime did He commit?” 

“Nothing that I can tell. But they want to crucify him anyway.”

Barabbas shook his head and laughed. “This may be my lucky day after all.”

Similar but Different

How Jesus and Barabbas are Similar but Very Different -- And that makes all the difference for us via www.JeanWilund.comBarabbas and Jesus were both the son of the father.

Barabbas literally means “son of the father.”

Some ancient manuscripts of Matthew 27:16–17 record his full name as “Jesus Barabbas.”  

Jesus was the Son of God the Father. (John 10:36)

Being the son of the father was their only similarity, though.

Jesus did the will of His Father, God. (John 6:38)

Barabbas did the will of his father, Satan. (John 8:44)

Barabbas stood guilty but not condemned. (Mark 15:7)

Jesus stood innocent but condemned. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Pilate set Barabbas free so that Jesus, the Son of His Father, God, would not, in order that we could be free.

The Rest of the Story

I wish I knew the rest of Barabbas’ story.

If I continued to imagine the parts of his story not included in the Bible, I’d place him in the back of the crowd gathered at Calvary.

He’d watch and wonder about this strange man named Jesus who seemed both helpless and yet powerful.

I’d imagine Christ, as he hung on the cross, looking into Barabbas’ eyes with love. 

And as Christ died, I’d like to believe Barabbas would understand and believe. And be saved.

I guess I’ll find out when I get to heaven. I hope he chose well and became Barabbas, not just the son of his father, but Barabbas, a child of God.

Believe

As Easter approaches, consider the minute details God orchestrated to ensure we would have no excuse to know, understand, and believe that Jesus Christ is the true Son of the Father, and He came to die for you.

“Jesus said to him,

“I am the way,

and the truth,

and the life;

no one comes to the Father

but through Me.”

(John 14:6 NASB)

Believe!

Please believe. 

Jesus Christ offers us the free gift of salvation. (Romans 10:9)


1 This post is taken from the following biblical passages AND my imagination of what could’ve happened. The Bible doesn’t tell us anything about Barabbas’ childhood or family. We know very little about him, but the Bible does tell us through his name that he was “the son of the father” and why he wound up in prison. Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18, and Acts 3:14; Matthew 27:17; John 18:40; Matthew 27:22-23

2 Some ancient manuscripts of Matthew 27:16–17 list the name of the murderer as Jesus Barabbas. Others list his name only as Barabbas. 

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