God is a God of love but He is also a God of wrath. He addresses his third word to Mary and John, the only eye-witness of the Gospel writers. Notice the reaction of the others as well. But when this remorseful criminal humbly sought mercy, He instantly responded with compassion and assurance. We find Mary, as well as His brethren, in the Upper Room waiting for the Spirit on the day of Pentecost see Acts 1:14. In addition, you'll find in the appendix a two-page synopsis of the discussion questions for a group handout and a list of possible songs and choruses that might be appropriate for a Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service.
Is it some long-gone loved one waiting on the other shore? Wilson Book By all accounts Jesus didn't do a lot of talking on the cross. Some have even made the absurd statement that Jesus was not the Messiah and only understood what was foretold about what would happen and attempted to fulfill some of these so people would think He was. The Skylark Vocal Ensemble is a chamber choir of professional soloists and music educators from across the United States. So who could he trust? Jesus also thirsts in a spiritual sense. Just what was the relationship of Mary and Jesus? Remembered by the Savior What application to this have to you and I today? Jesus was dying for this very purpose. He had never experienced the aloneness that comes from being cut off from God, but now, bearing the sins of the world, He would.
This act was done as a plot by the Jewish Sanhedrin to do away with what they perceived as a rival to their power. This shows Jesus' humanity and the depth of love he had for his mother and the disciple into whose care he entrusted her. At the height of his physical suffering, his love prevails and He asks His Father to forgive! Jesus alone is trustworthy of our eternal fate. Could there ever be greater irony? The sixth word is Jesus' recognition that his suffering is over and his task is completed. The Cross is Jesus as our Saviour. The soul exists apart from the body. This reminds us that only God can forgive sin.
Angels do not thirst, God does not thirst, only humans thirst. The ninth hour was three o'clock in Judea. Simply let me state concerning this that where Christ is will be paradise enough. We see three men here on the cross. Maybe it would have been better to have just dropped the matter and kept the tribute to a fine sermon. He was tempted and felt every emotion that you and I feel.
We hear the words recorded in Ps 22:1. Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. As we set our course and take a few weeks to journey to the cross, we will look at the last seven sayings that Christ spoke upon the cross. He decisively gives his Mother Mary to the disciple who loved him. Pilate realized it was out of envy that they handed him over Matthew 27:18, Mark 15:10.
My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? I remind us that we die as we live. There is not any room for doubt about what I am saying. Barton Cotton, Baltimore, Maryland, 1977. The wounds inflicted upon him in the scourging, the crowning with thorns, losing blood on the three-hour walk through the city of Jerusalem on the Via Dolorosa to Golgotha, and the nailing upon the cross are now taking their toll. We know it was completed. Some have suggested He was only saying that Him being rejected was over, or that He might have simply said His dream of Him being Messiah was over.
Just as the first word, this Biblical expression is found only in the Gospel of Luke. With the seventh saying all is complete. You may hear Him called the God-Man. Paul was caught up into paradise and it is said that there is found the tree of life. Put to death by his foes, very largely deserted by his friends, he may have felt also deserted by God. Bromiley, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Eerdmans Press 1995, p. He spoke them knowing that one of those by the cross, probably a Roman soldier, would give him this drink and thus fulfilled scripture.
Jesus could not forget his mother at this time of lacerating pain for her; the heart of Mary was torn apart by the agony of her son, she was desolate in the face of such a tragic end to his life. He thirsts for the love of his Father, who has left him unaided during this dreadful hour when He must fulfill his mission all alone. Just as the first word, this Biblical expression is found only in the Gospel of Luke. Most scholars believe that Joseph was dead. What is more, Mary was almost certainly a widow by this stage, as a result of which she would have been destitute. The word Advocate is also translated as Comforter, Helper, Paraclete, or Counselor. Jesus mentions living water in John 4:10 and during the Feast of Tabernacles refers to living water as the Holy Spirit in 7:37-39.