Words of Jesus on the cross


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The following are the words of Jesus Christ on the cross taken from the Holy Bible, King James Version:

  1. Matthew 27:46 – “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”) 
    Mark 15:34 also stated this, to wit: “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” Its translation is the same.
  2. Luke 23:34 – “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
  3. Luke 24:43 – (To the trusting thief): “Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
  4. Luke 24:46 – “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit:”
  5. John 19:26 – (To His mother): “Woman, behold thy son!”
  6. John 19:27 – (To the disciple): “Behold thy mother!”
  7. John 19:28 – “I thirst.”
  8. John 19:30 – “It is finished:”

The Holy Spirit expressed to us (plural) the meaning of these words in sermons and messages.  They have been transcribed and are found in various web pages.


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  1. At my website my book on the resurrection is available (also in e-book form). It has a section that discusses Jesus words on the cross. Here is a sample:

    Jesus’ Words While on the Cross

    It is the challenges we face in life that reveal character, they show what is in the heart. Now let’s take this and ask: did Jesus undergo difficult circumstances? Jesus showed His character and the character of the Father all through His life. In the gospels we read of many challenges He faced. He had enemies after Him constantly. His followers had many opportunities to get to know Him, to see how He treated people and how He conducted Himself in various situations. But what was He like under the most difficult circumstances? Let’s focus on what Jesus said while He was on the cross. What were Jesus’ words while He endured the greatest of His trials and what did those words reveal about His character?

    The word crucible – a trying circumstance – is related to the word crucifixion,
    as is the word excruciating – referring to great pain. Jesus experienced both.

    Remember, Jesus said:

    “… out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (Matt 12:34)

    We have looked at verses that reinforce that idea. But, since Jesus Himself said these words and implied that our words are a test of what is in our heart, let’s apply them to the words He spoke. Surely, what He said could tell us something about His character and the character of the One He claimed to represent.

    Actually, we can only go by His words at that time. His ability to act, to do good deeds was limited – He was nailed to a cross. So let’s examine what He said. He is only recorded as having spoken seven times. Let’s go through them one at a time, in the order He spoke them:

    1. To Those Hurting Him

    “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do …”
    (Luke 23:34)

    Why did Jesus ask His Father to forgive? Jesus must have had forgiveness in His own heart or why would He ask that? If Jesus had vengeance, or His own interests in His heart He would have asked something as suggested by this verse:

    “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matt 26:53)

    Or, we might even think that He should have said something more like: “Father, please strike them all dead.” But He didn’t ask that. Rather, He asked for pardon for His persecutors.

    Since He claimed to be representing His Father, we could ask: Was He asking the Father to also find forgiveness within His heart? Most people don’t realize that the word forgiveness, in the New Testament, is translated from some very different original words. “Charizomai” (Strong’s NT#5483) is a word that describes what is happening in the heart of the individual doing the forgiving. “Aphiemi” (Strong’s NT#863) describes what is happening in the heart of the one who is being forgiven.

    He could be saying, in a more amplified rendition, something like this:

    “Father, find a way to help these people who don’t know what they are doing and don’t realize that you have forgiven them. Help them to realize that you have already forgiven (charizomai) them from your heart and to accept that, and feel forgiven (apheimi) in their own hearts.” (Luke 23:34, amplified by author.)

    When He asked His Father to forgive His tormentors He was not trying to get the Father to feel like forgiving them. The Father already had forgiveness in His heart. Rather, He was asking His Father to help the soldiers to feel like they were forgiven, to realize that God was not going to stop loving them in spite of what they were doing. The New American Standard Bible and some others suggest that, in fact, Jesus repeated this saying over and over:

    “But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing’ And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.”
    (Luke 23:34, New American Standard Bible)

    Jesus did not say “Father forgive them” to try to convince His Father to forgive but to try to get the message through to the soldiers. Since the words He used had the meaning of the forgivee receiving forgiveness, the soldiers would have understood Jesus to be asking His Father to help them receive forgiveness; to feel forgiven.

    If the Father had reason to be upset with anyone it could have been with those who were so badly mistreating His Son. Rather, in His great heart of love, He had only forgiveness (charizomai) for all that were involved.


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