Even with His body shredded and nailed to a cross, Jesus’ focus was on God and others.
“Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34a Asking God to forgive those who were torturing and killing Him. What divine love and grace!
“When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, ‘Dear woman, here is your son.’ And he said to this disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from then on this disciple took her into his home. John 19:26-27 Jesus, as the eldest son in His family, had the responsibility of making sure His mother would be cared for when He was no longer there to do it. From the cross, in unimaginable agony, He gave care of His mother to His disciple and friend, John.
“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.’ And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:42-43 From the cross, Jesus gave assurance to one of the criminals who was crucified with Him that He would be transported to paradise when he breathed his last. All because of his faith in the One whose death gave such an astounding witness to Jesus’ deity that he believed. Even though it looked utterly hopeless.
Separated from His Father for the first time in all eternity as He bore the sin of all humankind, Jesus cried out in the pain of His Spirit. “At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ which means ‘My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?'” Matthew 27:46 Psalm 22 prophesies this regarding the Suffering Servant.
“The soldiers gave Jesus wine mixed with bitter gall, but when he had tasted it, he refused to drink it.” Matthew 27:34 Jesus acknowledged His great thirst, also alluded to in the Psalm 22 passage.
“When Jesus had tasted it, he said, ‘It is finished!’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 God’s plan for the redemption of mankind and Satan’s defeat was accomplished. Jesus was born the perfect Son of God, lived an unblemished life, and died the spotless Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. Hallelujah!
“Then Jesus shouted, ‘Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!’ And with those words he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46 NLT Jesus’ last words were His expression of absolute faith in His Father. He relinquished His Spirit to God, having completed what His Father had sent Him to do.
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