THE SEVEN LAST WORDS
The First Word: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing (Luke 23:34).
This first word is a word of forgiveness which shows the essence of God in Jesus Christ. How many of us mortals forgive our enemies? Not only our enemies but people who caused us sufferings.
The Second Word: "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)
The second word shows the vast mercy of the Lord. It exceeds anything we might imagine. It embraces us, encourages us, heals us no matter who we are, no matter what we have done. There will always be mercy for those who seek for it.
The Third Word: The Third Word: “Dear woman, here is your son.” (John 19:26)
The third word shows that as a Divine Being, he can forgive but as a human being He shows how He cares for His Mother to show to the people that as a Son He did not forget His role to his Mother He is going to leave behind.
The Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34)
The fourth word shows us the human essence of Jesus Christ. When He took the responsibility of saving mankind from sins, He became a Son of Man and not Son of God capable of suffering, experiencing pain and seeking for the care of a loved One.
How many of us cried in the same way when we think that problems seemed to have no solution and sickness has no more cure?
The Fifth Word: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28)
As a Divine and Human Being, the fifth word has two meanings. He thirsts for the conversion of sinners and His physical body was suffering from heat and exhaustion.
We personally thirst for affection, for justice and for compassion.
The Sixth Word: “It is finished!” (John 19:30)
Jesus' mission is finished, and also His life as a human being. His Divine essence now starts after the death of His physical body.
It just goes to show that our body is not the end of our journey. It is when we leave this body that we enjoy the fruits of the salvation that Jesus died for us.
The Seventh Word: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 24:46)
At the end after the sufferings and seemingly cry of abandonment, He entrust his Spirit to His Father.
In times of crisis, we only have to leave things to God and when we are about to leave and join the Father, are we prepared to say these words?
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Friday, March 21, 2008
THE SEVEN LAST WORDS