He’s back! Jesus is alive!
Calvary’s love changes everything! Has it changed you?
Reviewing the last words of Christ from the cross enables us to identify with His suffering. It also challenges us in processing our own pain.
On Good Friday, the Gospels record seven final sayings of Christ from the cross that believers have both cherished and been challenged with in processing their own struggles.
Easter brings restoration! Restoration of hope! Restoration of life! Because Jesus rose from the dead, we can begin again! We are not a product of our past. Our failures don’t define us anymore! That’s the message of John 21!
Jesus would not return before His death. Knowing that His time was limited, it’s interesting to me where He put His focus. He was intentional and determined. He was purposeful in everything He did and said.
Easter is the encore of heaven! It’s the triumph over evil, death and hell itself! No event in history can compare with the victory of the empty tomb! Because He lives, we too may live! Our sins can be forgiven! Our lives can be filled with hope and a power beyond ourselves to live victoriously! The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead presents a whole new challenge. How would we live our lives if we knew death was not the end?
Have you ever considered how you want to finish your life? Will you finish well? Will you have accomplished the purpose for which you were created? Will those closest to you know you loved them? From the cross, Jesus taught us how to finish well. His declaration would become a crowning word of triumph! Three words in English, one word in the Greek, Jesus would cry, “Tetelesthai” – It is finished! No single word ever uttered has so changed the history and destiny of mankind as this!
“I am thirsty!” John 19:28 (NIV) Mark’s account tells us that Jesus had turned down the offer of a drink earlier as they led Him to the cross. “And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means ‘Place of the Skull’). They offered Him wine drugged with myrrh, but He refused it. Then the soldiers nailed Him to the cross.” Mark 15:22-24a (NLT) The intent of this mixture was to help dull the senses in anticipation of the excruciating pain for one being crucified. But, Jesus wouldn’t have it.
Perhaps the most dramatic words Jesus spoke from the cross are these, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” You can almost feel the mental and emotional anguish in those words. Why? Why have You left Me now? Anyone who has ever experienced abandonment can relate. This was the central moment on the cross.