Seven Statements from the Cross
While hanging from a cross on Calvary's Hill, Jesus uttered seven powerful statements that reveal His heart and ministry to us. Each statement carries the weight of the Gospel in itself, but together they provide a portrait of God's eternal plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. This portrait reminds us that nothing but the finished work of Jesus Christ will assure our eternal salvation.
The first statement Christ made was right after our Lord was nailed to the cross: "Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing." Then, He spoke words of assurance and promise to a repentant sinner on a cross next to Him, "Today you will be with me in paradise." Undistracted by His unimaginable and immeasurable pain, He then made provision for His mother by asking John to take care of her. The fourth statement came when the brightness of noonday gave way to the darkness of midnight and He uttered a mysterious cry, "'Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani!' - which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'
Fulfilling Psalm 69:21 - "They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst" - Jesus cried, "I am thirsty" (John 19:28), His fifth statement from the cross. As Jesus was drawing closer to his final moment, He cried in a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit" (Luke 23:46), a scriptural prayer that every faithful Jew prayed at the end of the day. As was only recorded in the gospel of John, Jesus' final word from the cross was "Tetelestai," or "It is finished" (John 19:30).
For two thousand years, believers throughout the world have treasured these words of our Lord, which reflect His great love for us. Throughout several devotionals, we will take a close look at each of these final words of Christ as He hung on the cross. As Easter approaches, take some time to meditate on these seven powerful statements.
Prayer: Lord, as I reflect on Your final words on the cross, show me the power of each statement and the depth of Your love demonstrated at Calvary. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18).
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