I was watching this past Sunday Elevation Church’s Easter service called “Seven Mile Miracle.” The message was about Jesus’ last words that He said while on the cross. I thought it was so good that I needed to share them with you in this post.
1) Word of Forgiveness
“Then Jesus said, Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34 NKJV)
This is the greatest demonstration of forgiveness. It is unbelievable to me that Jesus could forgive the people that put Him to death while He was hanging on the cross. When Peter asked Jesus how many times we should forgive someone, Jesus not only answered him right there but He later demonstrates for Peter and all of us what true forgiveness looks like.
2) Word of Salvation
“And Jesus said to him, Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43 NKJV)
Jesus says this to a thief that is hanging on a cross right beside Him. These words show us that it doesn’t matter what you did and that it’s never too late for you to be saved. Don’t hold off any longer. Today is the day of salvation for you!
3) Word of Relationship
“When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, Woman, behold your son!” (John 19:26 NKJV)
Jesus didn’t just die to mend our relationship with God, but also to mend our relationship with each other. The cross is the perfect picture of this. The vertical part of the cross is to show us that Jesus died to make right our relationship with God and the horizontal part is to show us that Jesus died to make right our relationships with each other.
4) Word of Abandonment
“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46 NKJV)
These words are the most encouraging to us. Jesus was abandoned in order that we would never be abandoned. Jesus was forsaken so that we would never be forsaken. How great is God’s faithfulness. Even though we are unfaithful, He is still faithful.
5) Word of Distress
“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst!”(John 19:28 NKJV)
We have this promise that those who thirst after righteousness will be satisfied. Jesus also said that He is the living water and whoever drinks this water will never thirst again. If you find yourself in distress in life, never satisfied, and always in thirst; turn to Jesus because only He can and will satisfy.
6) Word of Triumph
“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, It is finished! And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NKJV)
Because of this we have the victory. We have won in Jesus’ name. Paul said it this way “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” ( 1 Corinthians 15:57 NKJV)
7) Word of Reunion
“And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit. Having said this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:46 NKJV)
These words are a reminder that someday we who believe and have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior will be reunited with Him forever. Until that day, we are to preach His Gospel to the ends of the world.