The crucifixion accounts of Jesus Christ are in entire agreement with the customs and practices of the Romans in that period. The evidence for Christ’s horrible and painful death is unquestioned by today’s legitimate scholars. Surely Christ carried away our sins and sorrows and borne our grief’s. As he hung on the Cross for 6 long hours, broken and wounded he uttered seven magnificent sayings that are indeed worthy of our meditation
“Father, Forgive them, for they do not know what they do” Luke 23:24
We learn the true meaning of forgiveness through these words of Christ. Mathew 6:15 declares
“But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”
A life filled with bitterness and grudge is forbidden by God therefore a Christian though hurt by many must learn to strive for forgiveness and love. This is a quality that is acquired by closely following the footsteps and ways of our mater Jesus Christ. Mathew 5:44 declares
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
“Truly, I say to you today you will be with me in Paradise” Luke 23:43
This was the word of Christ spoken to a criminal that hung on the cross next to Jesus. Unlike Jesus, this man was guilty of criminal activities against the state and many have speculated the two thieves on the cross of being companions to Barabbas – the notorious prisoner. We find Jesus extending his grace and compassion to the thief that looked up to Him for forgiveness and hope. The other thief on the cross chose to be arrogant and refused to seek the Lord for hope. The Gospel of John 6:37 declares
However those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19
“Woman this is your son then he saith to the disciple this is your mother” John 19:26 -27
Even amidst his suffering Christ remembered the agony of his mother. He perceived the great loss that would be felt after his departure. He carefully relinquished his first born rights and duties to John his disciple to further care for the well being of his mother and to bring her endless comfort. Many have also viewed the word “woman” as being symbolic of the Church and hence Jesus gave the Church over to his beloved disciple to care for. We in fact find the writings and revelations of John after many years symbolically conveying the message of the risen King to the seven churches in Asia.
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? Mathew 27:46
In this world of deceit and despair many suffer under the grip of loneliness and depression. It is an established fact that every living being on this earth longs for love & Compassion. We being the creation of God often long for the love of our heavenly father too. We groan amidst difficult situations overwhelmed with thoughts of despair and feelings of being forsaken by God Almighty. Christ very well aware of such agony and pain had to suffer the pain of rejection from God because of Sin. He was cut off from the life of God for a time that he may know our suffering and help us in our weaknesses. We are assured by our saviour today in Hebrews 13:5
“Never will I leave you never will I forsake you”
I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come back to you. In a very short time the people in the world will not see me anymore. But you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you. John 14-18-20
Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, “I am thirsty.” – John 19:28
One of the essential truths of the Christian faith is the two natures of Christ. Not only was Jesus fully God but He was also fully man. Jesus was completely human and completely divine at the same time. At times in Christ’s life, we see both His humanity and His divinity. When Jesus said that He was thirsty, we see His humanity. He felt the moment of dehydration. And looking over the entirety of His life we see even more shared pain. He experienced the death of a dear friend, Lazarus and He wept. He was made fun of, called a drunk, beat up, abandoned by His closest friends and left to hang alone on the cross. He experienced real suffering like one would on this earth. Indeed he experienced our thirst for righteousness and peace too. Psalm 42:1-2 declares
As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. John 7:38
We meet God through Christ today and out of our hearts rivers of living waters of satisfaction will surely flow.
… he said, “It is finished” John 19:30
Is there not a time of hard service for man on earth? Are not his days also like the days of a hired man? Job 7:1
“A time to be born and a time to die” Eccles 3:2
“My times are in your hands” Psalm 31:15
The above verses explain to us how the life time of every man born on this earth has been predetermined, The Bible declares
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He himself likewise shared the same – Hebrews 2:14
Accordingly the son of God Jesus Christ also entered into a human life whose bounds had been predetermined. A time had been set for his birth.
“But when the fullness of the time had come God sent forth his son born of a woman born under law” Galatians 4:4
Similarly a time had been set for his death on the cross to save the ungodly
“In due time Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6
What was finished?
a.The law, Prophecy – their fulfillment. Mathew 5 :17 declares
Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not come to destroy but fulfill.
These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms concerning me Luke 24:44
b. The power of Satan /death was destroyed
He himself likewise shared in the same that through death he might destroy him who had power of death that is the devil Hebrews 2:14
c. The gift of Eternal life
For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day John 6:40
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die – John 11:25
Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. – 1 Corinthians 15:51
d. The blood price was paid
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood – Revelation 1:5
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience – Hebrews 9:14
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate-Hebrews 13:12
Jesus indeed completed the will and the whole work His Father had given Him to do, which was to preach the Gospel, work miracles, and obtain eternal salvation for His people, was done, accomplished, fulfilled. The debt of sin was paid.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last – Luke 23:46
Jesus lays down His life to the Father as a total gift for the salvation of all of us. Jesus closes with the words of Psalm 31:5, speaking to the Father. We see his complete trust in the Father. Jesus entered death in the same way he lived each day of his life, offering up his life as the perfect sacrifice and placing himself in God’s hands.No one took His life from Him, but He laid it down for us.