The last words of somebody who dies should be very important, and when we talk about the Lord Jesus, the Savior of the world, it’s critical important for anibody and especially for His folowers.
One of the most powerful practices you can participate in during Good Friday is reflecting on the Seven Last Words of Christ on the cross. Allow each word, each sentence, spoken by our Savior to pierce your heart with awareness of your sin and of God’s great forgiving grace.
“To my mind, it is on the cross that the character of Christ reaches its greatest splendour. During the hours of deepest darkness, his words shine like radiant gold”- P. Martinez.
In seven brief utterances Jesus proclaimed the most profound sermon that has ever been preached, a beautiful synopsis of the gospel. In these words we have a summary of the extraordinary character of our Lord, and of God's plan for humankind. The "Sermon of the Seven Words” has inspired countless sermons and writings down through the centuries. J.S. Bach offers us a deeply moving rendition of the sublime spirit of this Biblical text in his Saint Matthew's Passion. In the 18th century J. Haydn composed, by commission, a much appreciated work on The Seven Words, in which he also put this unforgettable passage to music.
The First Word- The word of Forgiveness
“Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.’ And they parted his raiment, and cast lots” (Luke 23:34).
The Second Word- The word of Salvation/Happiness
“And Jesus said unto him, ‘I say unto thee, Today thou shalt be with me in paradise’” (Luke 23:43).
The Third Word- The word of Care
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, ‘Woman, behold thy son!’” (John 19:26).
The Fourth Word- The word of Loneliness
“And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is, being interpreted, ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?’” (Mark 15:34).
The Fifth Word- The word of Need
‘After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, ‘I thirst’” (John 19:28).
The Sixth Word- The word of Accoplishment
“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).
The Seventh Words- The word of Commending
“And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit’” (Luke 23:46).
“What is good about Good Friday? Why isn't it called Bad Friday? Because out of the appallingly bad came what was inexpressibly good. And the good trumps the bad, because though the bad was temporary, the good is eternal”.