And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Luke 23:33
As we approach Good Friday and Easter Sunday I wanted to take some time to look at the words Jesus uttered from the cross. One of my fondest memories in church was the Easter I was given the privilege to read Christ’s words from the cross in church. I think when we look at what Jesus said on the cross we see in seven utterances the Gospel message. We see forgiveness. We see acceptance and salvation. We see obedience to God. We see sacrifice. We see fulfillment of scripture and wee se the finished work of God’s plan for our salvation. All this in seven sentences.
Now some critics will say here I see contradiction. If Jesus really did say all this then why are they sayings not is all four of the Gospels? There is disagreement so how can they be trusted? Well, as far as I can see there is not real disagreement just different account of the same event. We are not sure where Peter, Mark and Matthew were during the crucifixion. In fact we only know that John, the disciple He loved, was near the cross with Jesus’ mother Mary. Luke was not even there. Peter and Matthew may have been there but most likely would not have been close and would have tried to get lost in the crowd. So each person would have only heard what was loud enough to be heard from their vantage point.
The fact that both Mark and Matthew only recorded what they both say was said in a loud voice makes sense if Peter and Matthew were further away. John writing last included two saying that meant most to him and were not recorded by other writers. That Luke recorded the most saying should not surprise. Luke the physician historian wrote from interview with the eyewitnesses. Each person wrote from their own vantage point and the result is the story handed down to us. Much as modern historians interview numerous witnesses to get a complete account of an event, God chose four men to provide an accurate account of the crucifixion and hand down His word to us.
So as we prepare for the greatest day in the history of the world, resurrection Sunday, let’s take a look at what Jesus said in His hours on the cross.
Have a blessed day,