March 24, 2013

Seven Words on the Cross

By Rev. Jeremiah Cheung

The Lord Jesus hung on the cross from 9am to 3pm. In those six long hours, the Lord Jesus carried on himself the sins of the whole world. The Lord’s body, heart, and spirit underwent extreme suffering. When a man is in extreme pain, he cannot utter even one word. In his great pain, the Lord Jesus spoke seven sentences. We call these the Seven Words on the Cross.

1. Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34) — Love’s Pardon

2. Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43) — Love’s Acceptance

3. Woman, here is your son. Here is your mother (John 19:26-27) — Love’s Concern

4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46) — Love’s Substitution

5. I am thirsty (John 19:28) — Love’s Suffering

6. It is finished (John 19:30) — Love’s Declaration

7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit (Luke 23:46) — Love’s Victory