The Last Words of Jesus
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Question: What were the LAST WORDS spoken by Jesus while dying on the cross?
Answer: The following are the final seven statements of Jesus as recorded while he was hanging on the cross. If you consider what he said in John 19:26-27 as one statement, you will have a list of seven distinct phrases. If you look at these two verses as containing two separate sayings then you have a list of eight last words of Jesus.
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And as they divided His garments, they cast lots. (Luke 23:34, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version (HBFV) unless noted)
'Truly, I tell you today, you shall be with Me in paradise.' (Luke 23:43)
25. And Jesus' mother stood by the cross, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26. When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold your son." 27. Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." And from that time, the disciple took her into his own home. (John 19:25-27)
His fifth from final statement confirms the prophecy that his family and friends would see his suffering from a distance (Psalm 38:10-11).
"And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, 'ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?' which is translated, 'My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?' " (Mark 15:34, NKJV)
Interestingly, Matthew records a slightly different version of Jesus' fourth from final phrase:
45. Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour, darkness was over all the land. 46. And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" That is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" 47. And some of those who were standing there heard and said, "This one is calling for Elijah." (Matthew 27:45-47)
The next two statements Jesus made while he was dying on the cross for the sins of humanity are below. They fulfill the prophecy that Christ would be given vinegar (sour wine) to drink (Psalm 69:21).
28. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had now been finished, so that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst." 29. Now a vessel full of vinegar was sitting there. And after filling a sponge with vinegar and putting it on a stick of hyssop, they put it up to His mouth. 30. And so, when Jesus had received the vinegar, He said, "It is finished." And bowing His head, He yielded up His spirit. (John 19:28-30)
Jesus' final utterance on earth also fulfilled prophecy.
46. And after crying out with a loud voice, Jesus said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit." And when He had said these things, He expired. (Luke 23:46)
King David prophecied in the book of Psalms what Jesus' final words would be.
"Into Your hand I commit my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth." (Psalm 31:5, NKJV)
Thank you for your question regarding Jesus' last words.
Written by: C. Lashway