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.
" 'Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.' . . . " (Luke 23:34, NKJV unless otherwise noted)
"'Truly, I tell you today, you shall be with Me in paradise.' " (Luke 23:43, Holy Bible in Its Original Order)
"When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, 'Woman, behold your son!' Then He said to the disciple, 'Behold your mother!' And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home." (John 19:26-27)
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)
Interestingly, Matthew records a slightly different version of Jesus' fourth from final phrase:
"Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 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?' " (Matthew 27:45-46)
His final three statements before his death on the cross:
"After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, 'I thirst!' " (John 19:28)
"So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, 'It is finished!' And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. " (John 19:30)
The above statement fulfilled the prophecy that he would be given vinegar (sour wine) to drink (Psalm 69:21)
"''Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit' . . ." (Luke 23:46)
Jesus' final utterance on earth also fulfilled prophecy written by King David which says:
"Into Your hand I commit my spirit. You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth." (Psalm 31:5)
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