Seven Things Jesus Said on the Cross, Part III

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by Matt Slick / 11/02/09

Today we look at the third thing Jesus said on the cross:

  • Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
  •  Luke 23:43“And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” (NASB)

3. John 19:26-27, “ When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” (NASB)

 Cuando vio Jesús a su madre, y al discípulo a quien él amaba, que estaba presente, dijo a su madre: Mujer, he ahí tu hijo. 27 Después dijo al discípulo: He ahí tu madre. Y desde aquella hora el discípulo la recibió en su casa. (RVR 1960)

  • John 19:28, “I am thirsty.”
  • John 19:30, “It is finished!”
  • Luke 23:46, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.”

I have read many commentaries and such about these verses and I hope I can do justice to the true meaning of Jesus’ words. At first glace there does not seem to be much “theological” impact here but a close look reveal much. 

First the participants; His mother, and the disciple whom He loved, it is universally accepted that Jesus is referring to Mary His birth mother and the Apostle John in here. 

Next the declarations; to Mary Woman, behold, your son!” and to John “Behold, your mother!”  Also of universal acceptance is the fact that John was not Jesus’s brother and therefore not Mary’s son. Mary did have other children  Matthew 13:55-56 but none of them are called upon to care for her, why? 

The key lies in the fact that his brothers did not follow or believe in Him (John 7:5) they were not liked minded individuals and Jesus could not hand over the care of his mother to unbelievers. 

The implications today remain the same, it is the responsibility the church to take care of her own. In fact (I am going to upset some folks here) if the church had done a far better job of it starting as far back as the 50’s and 60’s we would not be in the social mess we are today. Far to many “Church” folk sat on the sidelines and the the government take over what should have been their job, Matthew 25:41-45

Let me be clear I am NOT advocating for Wholesale Social Welfare on part of the church, I am saying the Church should have (and better start) taking care of her own first and foremost. As Christians we claim Jesus is our example, well here He is giving us that perfect example and we are choosing to ignore it.

I would also since I am on the subject, advocate for more outreach and less in-reach. Here is what I mean; Matthew 28:18-20  we are commanded to spread the Good News to all corners of the earth, especially in our own neighborhoods. In 1 Timothy 6:17-21 we are commanded to be good and faithful stewards of all that God has given us. Make no mistake either, everything you have comes from God. To use it unwisely is to sin against God. Taking those into consideration, a church (yes I know there are many, many “models) should be one that wisely uses all that God gives to propagate the going forward of the Gospel. So less spent on the inward fluff and stuff and more on empowered outreach sharing Christ.  

Further Reading: The Third Word from the Cross