The last words of Jesus conveyed a powerful message of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Each statement He made was significant and remains so today.
You may have read these words before, but they’re worth reading frequently. They are a summary of Christ’s message of hope, even through despair.
Read on to learn what these final statements were and what the last words of Jesus mean for followers.
1.) “Father Forgive Them”
In Luke 23:34, Jesus says, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus understood that those who crucified him did not realize that he was the Messiah and couldn’t possibly understand the gravity of their actions.
Jesus’ powerful prayer for their forgiveness in spite of their cruelty is a shining example of His unending compassion and infinite capacity for forgiveness. Even though those who mocked and killed him didn’t deserve it, he asked for forgiveness on their behalf.
2.) “Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:43 tells us of Jesus’ promise to a criminal that was crucified with him. He states, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Because the criminal believed in Jesus, his sins were forgiven and he was assured a place in Heaven. The criminal’s absolute faith in Jesus’ sacrifice ensured his salvation.
This shows us that divine grace covers our sin when we believe in Christ’s sacrifice.
3.) “Woman, Behold Thy Son!”
In John 19:26 and 27, Jesus knew He would die and he wanted his earthly mother to be taken care of in his absence. Speaking to His mother, He stated, “Woman, behold thy son,” and to His Apostle John He said, “Behold thy mother!”
John took His mother into his home so she would be cared for after Jesus’ death.
4.) “My God, My God Why Hast Thou Forsaken me?”
When the sins of the world were placed upon Him, Jesus expressed His feelings of abandonment by the Father.
This was the only time Jesus had ever been severed from the Father. He had to experience the despair and pain of this separation.
5.) “I thirst.”
When Jesus asked for water, the guards gave Him vinegar to drink. This was a common practice at Roman crucifixions.
This fulfilled the Messianic prophecy found in Psalms 69:21.
6.) “It Is Finished”
In John 19:30, Jesus stated, “It is finished.”
He was referring to the work of salvation that had been accomplished through his suffering and death. His death paid the debt of sin.
7.) “Into Thy Hands I commend My spirit”
Luke 23:46 tells us that Jesus willingly delivered His soul into the Father’s hands.
Jesus said, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit,” indicating that the end had come. He knew that it was time to die and that God had accepted His perfect sacrifice.
Sacrifice, Forgiveness, and Salvation: The Last Words of Jesus
Jesus’ last words serve as a reminder of God’s enduring love and grace.
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