Christ’s Seven Sayings from the Cross

The past eight weeks of preaching through the seven sayings of Jesus from the cross and concluding on Easter Sunday with a resurrection message have been a treasure of spiritual insight. Added to this sermon series were special Holy Week services with a Seder on Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and a sacred concert by the choir and orchestra on Good Friday.

These last words of Christ spoken from the cross contain practical spiritual truth. The first saying our Lord spoke from the cross was “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” In truth, man’s depravity was on center stage blinding him to the extent of his actions. Yet, the Lord was choosing to forgive.

The second saying was to one of the criminals being crucified, “Today, you will be with me in paradise.” This promise of salvation reveals that it is through grace, not works. Repentance from sin and faith in Christ are what is necessary for salvation.

Jesus addressed His mother and the apostle John in the third saying, “Woman, behold your son.” Then to John, “Behold your mother.” Even in His most difficult times, Jesus was thinking of others. We have a responsibility to care for our loved ones.

The cry of anguish was the fourth saying when Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This was when Christ took upon himself the sin of the world and God turned away from His only son. God is so holy He cannot look upon sin.

The fifth saying was “I thirst.” A declaration by Christ not only to fulfill scripture but to remind us of the extreme physical suffering He endured. The Water of Life thirsted to quench our drought for God.

The great exclamation, “It is finished,” was the sixth saying. Everything needed for our salvation was accomplished by Christ on the cross. There is nothing we can add to the finished work of Christ.

The last saying was when Jesus committed His life back into the hands of God, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Jesus had willfully committed himself into the hands of sinful men and they treated Him brutally and crucified Him. Now He was back into the care of God’s hands where we should also reside.

Meditate on these sayings and thank God for His great love for you.

 

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