September 5, 2019 by directorfsm
by Matt Slick / 11/02/09
These are the last seven sayings that Jesus said on the cross. Sometimes they are referred to as the “Seven Words.” There’s also a bit of a debate on the exact order of the sayings, but the following is a complete list with a plausible order.
- Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (NASB)
Y Jesús decía: Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen. Y repartieron entre sí sus vestidos, echando suertes. (RVR 1960)
Luke 23:43, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
John 19:26-27, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!”
Matt. 27:46, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”
John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”
John 19:30, “It is finished!”
Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”
We have just finished our series on Jesus’ “I AM” statements where He is bold and dogmatic is His declarations. I (at least) find the contrast to His seven statements on the Cross quite glaring.
Here we see not a wimpy and defeated Jesus but a humble and contented Christ. I can’t emphasize that enough, today the general perception of Jesus is this soft spoken, soft peddling timid person who went around preaching love and peace. Really; read the book again folks because Jesus the Christ was none of those.
Here is is in our text nailed to the cross and He has the presence of mind to pray, Father, forgive them. Of course we’d all do the same, right! The BIG question is and has been who is (was) Jesus praying for?
Now for the harder question. It is pretty much universally accepted within all “Christianity” that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the sin penalty that man never could. The disagreement comes from was it universal (everyone no matter what sins are forgiven) or not? I mean one only has to look at (John 1:29, John 3:16) and the bible clearly says “world” so its a done deal, whats the discussion? What is meant by world? Does it refer to people without contrast (all tribes, nations, tongues included) or without deviation (everyone regardless if the repent or not).
Using the same biblical logic who is Jesus asking the Father to forgive? Is Jesus saying to universally, Father forgive the sins of all mankind? Forget the bible for a moment and think of just the moral implications. If this were true it would be a writ for wholesale chaos. Universal forgiveness means that no one is held accountable for their actions.
In our series on the Seven “I AM” Statements Part VI “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus made it very clear who were His and who He is asking Father, forgive them, ONLY those who repent, declare Him Lord and Savior, and come through Him to the Kingdom of God. Have you done so today?