April 22, 2011

Christ's Last Words on the Cross

The gospel writers record seven statements uttered by Jesus while he was on the cross:

"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."[Lk. 23:34]

"Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."[Lk. 23:43]

"Woman, behold, your son!" [Jn. 19:25-27]

"E′li, E′li, la′ma sa‧bach‧tha′ni?" [Mt. 27:46] [Mk. 15:34] (Aramaic for "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"). It is also a quotation of the first line of Psalm 22. The latter refers to piercing of hands and feet, and has been interpreted as a reference to Crucifixion .

"I thirst."[Jn. 19:28]

"It is finished."[Jn. 19:30]

"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!"[Lk. 23:46]

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