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Seven Last Statements of the Lord on the Cross
The last words of a dying person are given a significant amount of weight in most cultures. It is evidenced in the weight given to them in a court of law. The comfort given to left ones who are left behind. Even words which suggest the triumph in a person's life (or the folly of it). With that it mind, let us take a look at the last words of our Lord Jesus Christ, as He hung on the cross!

 

Seven Last Statements of the Lord on the Cross
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“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” (Luke 23:34) One of the first things Jesus did while being crucified was to pray for forgiveness for all of those responsible. Those being all men, because we are all sinners!
“And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43) Jesus provided salvation to those who believed in Him and called upon His name.
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” (John 19:26-27) Jesus took care of the earthly needs of His mother.
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Jesus took the sin of the world upon Himself. God the Father, being just by nature had to turn His "face" away from th Lord. Jesus took this upon Himself willingly.
“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.” (John 19:28) Jesus shows His human side and the suffering that He is enduring. He is both Diety and man.
“...It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30) The requirements for our salvation were finished at this point in history. We cannot add to it by any righteous actions. Jesus has provided all that is necessary for our salvation.
“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.” (Luke 23:46) Jesus again states His Diety. He is the Son of the Father God, His Spirit is going to the Father upon His death, and He controlled when He died. Jesus voluntarily gave His life for us. He could have stopped this at any point. But His love for us is so great, that He provided Himself as the sacrafice for our sins.

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