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Communion: Jesus’ words from the
This week I re-read over the crucifixion of Christ in my Bible. One
thing that really stood out for me was the way Jesus died and how He
remained focussed on those around Him and what He came for even during
this horrifc event.
I thought I would share these words of Christ from the Cross before
1. The first words that are recorded from Jesus
on the cross show that even in this situation of great agony He is
prepared to forgive His accusers, His torturers, His enemies, as He
cries out, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are
2. He turns to one of the thieves or criminals
surrounding Him on the two crosses on either side of Him, who has cried
out for remembrance when Jesus comes into His kingdom. Jesus replies,
"Truly, today you will be with me in paradise." As soon as they both
die, they can enjoy the presence of God the Father in eternal bliss.
3. Jesus turns to his mother and to the beloved disciple,
the apostle John, and says, "Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your
mother" Even on the cross He has not forgotten those closest to Him.
4. Jesus cries out, "My God, my God, why have your
forsaken me?" Jesus felt some awareness of now being separated from His
heavenly Father. The closeness and intimacy that He had enjoyed
throughout His life was broken.
5. He cries out, "I
thirst." And yet He refuses to drink what was either a painkiller or a
poison, anything that would relieve His suffering or speed up the
process of His death. And so His statement, "I thirst," is probably not
merely a statement of human anguish but also one of spiritual anguish
following His acknowledgment of separation from God.
He says, "It is finished" — certainly referring to His life, but again
perhaps we are meant to see the whole plan of salvation has now been
7. He cries out, "Father, into Thy hands I
commit my spirit."
So to summarise this event - Jesus asked for
God to forgive the people who crucified Him, He offered salvation to one
of the thieves, He asked John to care for His mother, He felt the
separation from God for the first time and said He thirsted for God, He
said the work of salvation is done, and then last but not least, He
committed His Spirit to God.
Right until the end Jesus was
focussed on us and those around Him. The only detour in His Words were to say that He was
feeling the pain of being separated from His Father.
Let us pray.
By Dave Quinn
Founder of PASSIONAustralia.org
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