Every year, Christians around the world celebrate Lenten season to commemorate the Passion of the Christ for humanity. It is also a tradition for many Christian denomination to talk about the Seven Last Words of Jesus during His crucifixion. Below are the traditional order of the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ and it’s theological explanation in the light of Grace.
1. Father forgive them, for they know not what they do (Luke 23:34).
This statement is the prayer of forgiveness that Jesus prayed for the people who crucified Him. It is a great evil for imperfect men to punish a Perfect God and yet the men who was crucifying Him did not know this so Jesus pleaded for forgiveness of their actions.
2. Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43).
This statement is His promise to the thief who was crucified beside Him on the Cross. There was some argument in the Christian circle that one cannot be saved if he or she is not water baptised but this verse clearly showed that the thief was given salvation by believing in Jesus.
3. Woman, behold your son: behold your mother (John 19:26-27).
During this time, Jesus arrange that Her mother, Mary, be taken care of by His disciple, John. This showed His care for His mother. Even on the cross, Jesus was able to arrange family matters before He left Earth.
4. My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?, (Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34).
This is the first time, Jesus called the Father, God. In the past, He always refer to God as the Father thus we can tell that when Jesus called the Creator, God, this was the moment the judgement for our sins was being imputed to him. This was the first time that Jesus’ connection with the Father was cut and He felt forsaken and abandoned by the Father. The Scripture tells us that during this time, He became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) that we might become the righteousness of God through Christ.
5. I thirst (John 19:28).
This is one of the short verses in the Bible. In the light of Grace, Jesus thirsted because when he bored our sins on the Cross, He experienced Hell as a payment for our sins. Had Jesus did not gave up His life for us we will also thirst when we experience Hell.
6. It is finished (John 19:30).
This was a shout of victory and completion. Jesus declared victory over sin when He cried, “It is finished.”; the punishment for our sins: past, present and future, is paid for by His blood on the Cross. The New Covenant has been sealed. Our debts have been paid!
7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46).
Jesus finished what He came for and after declaring His finished work, He gave up His life to the Father. Notice that once again, He called Jesus, His Father once again signalling the restoration of relationship between man and God through Christ Jesus.
Jesus laid down His life for us so that you will no longer die in our sins. He was condemned so that we will NEVER be condemned, He became SIN so that we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). He thirsted so that we will no longer be thirsty but rivers of living water will flow out of our belly (John 7:38). He became poor so that we will be made rich (2 Corinthians 8:9). And on the Cross he bore our sins and sickness so that we will not longer be sinful and sick.
Jesus said, that He came so that we will have life and have it more abundantly and on the Cross He did all that. He cried out, “IT IS FINISHED” to make known to everybody that He has paid our debts on the Cross and no longer will we be afraid of judgement and condemnation because when the Father looks at each of us He sees Christ Jesus – the Perfect Sacrifice.