Thursday, February 01, 2007

Harmony of Christ's Seven Statements on the Cross

Here are Christ's seven statements on the Cross in chronological order:
1. Father forgive them; for they know not what they do [Lk 23:34a].
2. Woman here is your son; son here is your mother [Jn 19:25-27].
3. Truly I say unto you, today you will be with Me in paradise [Lk 23:43b].
4. My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? [Mt 27:46; Mk 15:34] Note that He spoke in Hebrew because He said "Eli" which the people mistook for the abbreviated form of Elijah (Eliyahu). If He spoke in Aramaic He would have said Eloi, which can only mean "My God."
5. I am thirsty [Mt 27:48; Jn 19:28-29].
6. It is finished [Jn 19:30].
7. Immediately before dying Jesus said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit" [Lk 23:46a].

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