The Seven Sayings of Jesus from the Cross

6 hours one Friday (9am to 3pm)

 1 And Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." And they cast lots to divide his garments. (Luke 23:34 ESV)

  • Mercy: the very      purpose of His life -- for others, not for Himself (cf Mt26:53)
  • As He taught,      praying for His persecutors (Mt5:44) / as Stephen did (Acts7:59,60)
  • Ignorance: acts      in rebellion (Jn16:3) / fulfills      Divine will (Acts13:27 /      1Cor2:8 ) gives occasion for grace (Ax3:17/ 1Tim1:13)

 2 And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."

(Luke 23:43 ESV)

  • Deliverance:      "numbered with / makes intercession for the transgressors" (Isa53:12)
  • what humble and      courageous faith! what a welcome proclamation he heard
  • Note: Once the      covenant-victim slain, the terms sealed (Heb9:15-17)

 3 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!"Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26-27 ESV)

  • Care: "Honor your      father and your mother" (Eph6:2 / Ex20:12)
  • Somewhat distant "woman"      (John2:4)
  • Young John from      now on His proxy eldest brother

 4 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Matt 27:46 ESV)

  • Loneliness:      The closer the fellowship, the greater the loss -- the real agony
  • Psa22:1 / v6 humiliation / v16 pierced / v18      garments / v24 trust / v29 praise (Heb2:12)
  • as in garden -      praying w/strong cries & tears -- yet in respect >> heard (Heb5:7)

 5 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), "I thirst." (John 19:28 ESV

  • Distress: His humanity      cries out -- racked with exhaustion & dehydration
  • Drink at 1st     refused (Mt27:34 / Mk15:23) -- mixed with gall (Acts8:23)
  • vinegar enables      His final statements (Mt27:48 / Lk23:36 / Jn19:29)

 6 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (John 19:30 ESV)

  • Triumph: One      righteous life - short but powerful - had accomplished His mission
  • Fulfilled:      scripture -- "all that was written" (Acts13:29) / the Father's will      (Jn17:4)
  • there remained      only to conquer the grave, to rise and take the throne

 7 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" And having said this he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46 ESV)

  • Reunion: Psa31     / vs1-5 - the victory given to      the dependent one
  • "with a great voice -- yielded up /      dismissed His spirit" (Mt27:50)
  • John10:18:      volunteered his final breath / as He had lived each day

 notes by David Teel Tuesday, October 22, 2013