Summary: Christ spoke 7 "words" from the cross. These words are his last sermon to us.
The Last Words of Christ
The Gospels record 7 statements that Christ made from the cross.
These 7 statements are his final sermon to us. They speak just as loudly to us today as they should have spoke to those who were there to hear them.
The number “7” in the Bible represents perfection. Therefore, this was the perfect end for Jesus’ earthly ministry.
“Father, Forgive Them For They Know Not What They Do”
-First words spoken, intercessory prayer for forgiveness
-Jews/Romans did not believe who Jesus was
-Applies to modern day unbelievers as well
-Concerned for God’s people even in midst of own suffering
-Praying what he had been teaching, praying for his enemies
“Today You Will Be With Me In Paradise”
-Even on the Cross, still ministering
-Both thieves heard but only 1 believed and repented,
-Easy not to believe since others had abandoned him
-Faith in Jesus gained salvation to thief
-“You will” not “maybe”
-Not baptised but still going to heaven
“Woman Here Is Your Son, Here Is Your Mother”
-Jesus was concerned for Mary’s future(Pain and Ridicule)
-Him telling her “Look at completion of my work and Gods plan”
-Completion offered salvation to entire world
-Imagine Mary’s pain
-Jesus knew she needed comfort. John looked after her from then on
“My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me”
-Jesus bore the weight of all sin past, present, and future
-Expressing in words of Psalm 22:1 the agony of separation from God
-Psalm 22 could almost read as Jesus’ words from the cross
16 My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me.
They have pierced my hands and feet. 17 I can count every bone in my body.
My enemies stare at me and gloat. 18They divide my clothes among themselves
and throw dice for my garments.
Could Psalm 22 be a prophetic vision of the Crucifixion?
-We forget Jesus was human while on earth.
This statement was a human feeling of separation from God
-Any human can feel separated from God as they endure suffering
-Nobody realized what was going on before them. The most significant event in human history.
-The world would never be the same 3 days later
#5- John 19;28
-First words of concern for himself
-A thirst like no one had ever known or could ever know, bearing the sins of the world
-Thirst from loss of blood
-The Creator of the universe asking for a few drops of the very water he created
-How many of you have thirst that cannot be quenched?
(Money, Drugs, Alcohol, Sex, Material Things
-Jesus supplies living water to quench our thirst
#6- John 19:30
“It Is Finished”
-These words not only heard by those present, but echoed through heaven and hell
-Those words were a shout of victory over the enemy.
What was finished?
-The laws requirement(a blood sacrifice)
-All The Father asked of the Son
-Satans power of death
-Finished was our salvation guarantee
-Finished was Gods plan, finished work (Hebrews)