Jesus Last Seven Words
What were Jesus' last seven words?
What were Jesus’ last seven words? Instead of giving you the last seven words, we will list His last seven phrases:
"Father, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing."
Jesus prays for the executioners who do not understand or believe that Jesus is God.
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
Jesus (quoting a line from the Jewish scriptures) cries out at a moment in time when he is not just physically punished, but spiritually separated from God, his Father. God separates Himself from Jesus because all of the evils of mankind are placed on Jesus. This spiritual separation is the heaviest sacrifice which Jesus pays of behalf of mankind, so that mankand does not need to suffer spiritual separation from God.
"It is finished."
Once Jesus felt he had borne the penalty for the evils of mankind, he declared his mission as accomplished. This relates to Jesus' earlier mission statement to sacrifice himself for others: "The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Jesus quoted by Matthew 20:28)
“Dear Woman, here is your son!” and “Here is your mother!”
Jesus saw His mother watching and committed her into John’s care. From that time, John took Mary into his home.
“I am thirsty”
In this passage, Jesus was prompting the guards to give Him vinegar and fulfill the prophecy of Psalm 69:21, “They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst.”
"Assuredly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
These words, spoken to a thief also being executed with Jesus, indicate Jesus' belief that Jesus would continue to live in paradise (heaven) and that Jesus can choose who will be there with him.
"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit."
Jesus believes his spirit, not body, now goes to heaven with God.
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