While He hung on the cross, Jesus made seven statements. The first three words concern His personal relationships — a prayer for His executioners, a promise to the thief (His fellow-sufferer on that day), and a provision for His mother.
The next three words concern His work of salvation — the cry concerning His moral suffering as the sin-bearer, the groan concerning His physical suffering, and the triumphant declaration of victory.
The final word concerns His fellowship with and trust of the Father in all things.
On Good Friday for the past seven years, I have preached on each of those seven statements in turn. Here is a list of those messages:
- “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”
- “Today you will be with me in paradise”
- “Woman, behold your Son…[to the disciple] Behold your mother”
- “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
- “I am thirsty”
- “It is finished”
- “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit”
Might these be a helpful meditation for you as you contemplate the death and resurrection of our Savior this weekend.