Seven Words

“And they that passed by railed on him,
wagging their heads and saying,
Ah thou that destroyed the temple,
And buildest it in three days,
Save thyself, and come down from
the cross.
“Likewise also the chief priests,
mocking, said among themselves with the scribes,
He saved others; himself he cannot save.”
“Let Christ the King of Israel descend
believe, And they that were crucified
with him reviled him.”                                                  Mark 15: 29-32

 

“Then the soldiers, when they had crucified
Jesus, took his garments, and made four
parts to every soldier a part; and also his
coat: Now the coat was without seam,
woven from the top throughout.”
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus
his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary
the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.”
                                                                                        John 19: 23-25

 

The political Pilate had allowed the crucifixion. The plotting Jewish leaders had put an end to this trouble making carpenter. The callous Roman soldiers were standing in awe. The timid followers stood back. The crying women were near the wooden cross. The mocking religious professionals were glad He was soon to die.

On each side of the Messiah were two criminals. One sought mercy. One blasphemed Him.

Unknown to us we were there with all of our sins. All sin was also on the cross.

Heading up to this event had been forty- eight hours of serious events. Isaiah had said all of this would happen. Other prophets likewise told that a series of drama would unfold. It did.

At the time of the murder of Jesus Christ by the religious authorities and the civil government seven remarks were made by the Son of God. The Gospel writers took great pains to record these for you and I to read. This blog today is about the quotations and meaning of these seven phrases. Even today we are enthralled and encouraged by these phrases. Some were uttered in pain, some in encouragement. and some in finality.

The crowd assembled around the Messiah was there in disbelief. Not one person came forward to assist this prophet and teacher. Why? It was obvious Poreto’s rule of 80/20 was not working since at that moment the events were over powering. Seemingly the facts had moved so quickly and yes, secretly that people were stunned.

 

DISCUSSION

In an article in Glenn Beck’s the Blaze there was a comment about Great Britain and the loss of the fundamentals of Christianity. One specific reason was the next King of England – Charles. This man has lost his moral compass. It said he did not contend as the Defender of the Faith. But his view was the Defender of Faith.. This was but one reason for its decline.

Christianity was the most powerful reason for Great Britain’s power and might. When we or any other people lose the meaning of who Christ was then a tyrant will arise. It will come.

As a Christian I must grasp and hold closely the words, teachings and meaning of the Master. Otherwise things will set in the saddle and ride us.

Words are important. We are informed that the world was spoken into being. One should read the following:

Genesis 1:3 – “And God said…”
Genesis 1:6 – “And God said…”
Genesis 1-9 – “And God said…”
Genesis 1:14 – ‘And God said…”
Genesis 1:20 – “And God said…”
Genesis 1:24 – “And God said…”
Genesis 1:26 – “And God said…”

The power was found in what God said. Thus it is all together fitting and proper that the final words of Jesus be recorded for us; thus we could understand what was on His mind.

Before any magnificent thing takes place there must be the spoken word. Words are a means we focus on some coming event. Before I begin to write on the seven comments of Jesus on the cross it must be emphasized how specific our words should be. There was a story specific power shows on all words that Jesus used. Silliness was not a fault of Jesus.

 

FIRST

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they
know not what they do. And they parted his raiment
and cast lots.”                                                         Luke 23:34

 

When reading this passage it can be observed that it was an:

Invocation
Petition
Argument

Jesus never lost faith in His Father. He knew what was going on. The sins of mankind being in the balance. Pain and adversity are what will thwart many from believing into disbelievers.

Christ knew what was happening. People did not know what was taking place. Their sin was before them. The first thought of Jesus was not self but others.

Jesus knew the Father. He would pardon for his enemies. Years before Jesus had told people to have intelligent good will toward people. The bible used the word love. Sin distorts what is actually happening in our life.

The argument is obvious that we are incapable of perceiving who we really are. Christ is needed in our lives. Without Jesus we are sordid.

 

SECOND

“And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed around
him, saying, if thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the
other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God,
seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly:
for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath
done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember
me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him,
Verily I say unto thee, Today shall thou be with me in paradise.”                              Luke 23: 39-43

 

Actually the two thieves were discussing their fate. We only have a part of what was said by one malcontent. He was bitter. The other acknowledged who he was. Here was a remarkable man. It takes an honest sinner to say this.

Jesus came to the world to identify himself with sins. Christ knew exactly who He was talking with. One of the thieves taunted Christ.

Now the one who believed in the hereafter wanted mercy. No one wants pure justice. We all cry out for mercy. It was in the power of Jesus to grant relief. One thief knew who he was and he wanted mercy. The plea was granted.

Some would say this was death bed repentance. This was a one time act.

Christ was saying He would live with Him in a special place. It was to happen that day.

Do you know your destination?

 

THIRD

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and
his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary
Disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother,
Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold,
Thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his
Own home.”                                                                            John 19:25-27

 

We Worldlings try to care for our own once we are removed from life. Here we control. Here we may write as well. To protect our own the state of Texas has written out a will for us. This has a name – it is the rules of intestate.. There is an obligation to care for our family once death arrives.

Jesus knew His mother had to be cared for. So he appointed one of his disciples to do this. It must have been a trauma to see a child murdered.

Jesus gave a command to act. Moses also said to act accordingly in Exodus 20:12. Before you take your parent to assisted living try to keep them in your own home.

 

FOURTH

“And in the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice,
saying Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is being interpreted
My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me? And some of
Them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth
Elias. And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put
It on a reed , and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us
See whether Elias will come to take him down.”                         Mark 15: 34-36

 

We know that Christ had the divine nature in this mortal body. In the garden span He had prayed this would pass. God saw it differently.

Every moment was agony at times. It is supposed that the pain had become almost unbearable. The pain physically, mentally and spiritually was enormous.

Christ did not desire to go through this. Yet when mankind looks at Jesus we center our thoughts on the cross. Christ on the cross has been fascinating for mankind.

Other worshippers of strange gods have nothing to compare with this.

God did not forsake His son.

 

FIFTH

“After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now
accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled,
saith, I thirst.”                                                       John 19:28

 

Jesus knew the end was not too far away. It is thought He had been on the cross for at least four hours. Water is important in our bodies. It cleanses and it removes toxic elements. The cells in our bodies need it to bring nourishment.

This was the only time that Christ cried out in pain.

Jesus had called Himself as the water of life. He even said for any man there is the water of life in Him.

Those who know Christ understand water is life.. He who satisfies our wants and yes, our needs.

Are you thirsty?

 

SIXTH

“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, it is
finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”                                      John 19:30

 

There is no one that can ever say “It is finished”. All of us want to state there is more work to be accomplished.

When life comes to the closing moments we know that we did not do enough.

From the beginning we knew He had work to do. At the age of 12 He was about His Father’s business.

The miracles had been performed. The disciples were trained. The church would be established soon. The new law was in place. There was one final event that had to happen. It would be the resurrection. In three days, this would happen.

 

SEVENTH

“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said,
Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit; and
Having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”                                                 Luke 23:46

 

Recently a former Mayor of New York said “If there is a God   …”    This worldling was contemptuous in his remark. The Mayor will be a footnote only in history. He is obnoxious. Without Christ God will look on him with displeasure.

Jesus was indicating He wanted to return from whence He came. Each one of us has a special place. Hell or Heaven. Actually our Savior had no fear of death. In heaven there is no death.

We should understand death is a disruption of life. When a man dies he shall live again. Our time on earth is merely preparation for a place with God.

The cross instructs us how to live. Christ is the answer to this remark:

“Alas! And did my Savior bleed?
And did my Savior die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I?
Was it for crimes that I had done,
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!”                                                         Watts

 

 

Gerald Fugit

 

April 20, 2014

 

 

 

 

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