Sermon on 7 Last Words of Jesus

 The Seven Last Sayings of Jesus: Words of Grace and Redemption


t Words from the cross. Let's reflect on the profound significance of Jesus' journey to the cross, we are drawn to the final words He spoke in His earthly ministry. These seven last sayings of Jesus encapsulate the essence of His mission and reveal the depths of His love and compassion for humanity. As we delve into each of these powerful statements, may we gain a deeper understanding of the grace and redemption that Jesus offers to all who believe.

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 7 Last Words of Jesus:

  • “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).
  • “You will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).
  • “Woman, behold your son!” (John 19:26-27).
  • “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46).
  • “I thirst!” (John 19:28).
  • “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
  • “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit’” (Luke 23:46).

1: "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do" (Luke 23:34)

In His moment of agony, Jesus extends forgiveness to His executioners, embodying the essence of His ministry of reconciliation. His words remind us of the boundless mercy and compassion of our heavenly Father, who offers forgiveness to all who repent and turn to Him in faith.

2: "You will be with Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43)

To the repentant thief crucified alongside Him, Jesus offers the promise of eternal salvation and fellowship in paradise. This statement underscores the transformative power of grace and the assurance of salvation for all who place their trust in Him.

3: "Woman, behold your son!" (John 19:26-27)

In the midst of His suffering, Jesus demonstrates His care and concern for His mother, entrusting her to the care of the disciple John. This act of compassion exemplifies Jesus' commitment to familial relationships and underscores the importance of caring for one another in times of need.

4: "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" (Matthew 27:46)

In His moment of deepest anguish, Jesus cries out to the Father, expressing His sense of abandonment and separation. This poignant cry highlights the depth of Jesus' identification with human suffering and his willingness to bear the weight of sin on behalf of humanity.

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5: "I thirst!" (John 19:28)

In His physical agony, Jesus acknowledges His human thirst, yet His words also carry a deeper spiritual significance. Jesus' thirst reflects His desire to quench the spiritual thirst of humanity and His longing to bring salvation to all who would receive Him.

6: "It is finished!" (John 19:30)

With these words, Jesus declares the completion of His redemptive work on the cross. The phrase "It is finished" signifies the fulfillment of God's plan of salvation and the triumph of grace over sin and death. Through His sacrificial death, Jesus secures victory for all who believe in Him.

7: "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" (Luke 23:46)

In His final breath, Jesus entrusts Himself into the hands of His heavenly Father, surrendering His life willingly. His words echo the psalmist's trust in God's faithfulness and serve as a model of faith and submission for believers throughout the ages.

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As we contemplate the significance of Jesus' seven last sayings, may we be reminded of the immeasurable love and sacrifice He demonstrated on the cross. Through His words of forgiveness, compassion, and surrender, Jesus offers us hope, redemption, and eternal life. Let us respond to His invitation with gratitude and faith, knowing that His grace is sufficient for us and His love endures forever.

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