Sunday, March 22 - Fifth Sunday in Lent
Seven Last Words of Jesus
Seven short sayings. No one would really even think twice about them in normal situations. But this wasn't a normal situation. And this wasn't a normal man. These were spoken by Jesus... on the cross... while he was dying.
In these words, we see his humanity and his divinity. We see physical pain, abandonment, and the reminder that God's ways are not our ways.
Jesus uses common words like "forgive, mother, son, today, thirst" and that most crucial question "why?" These words give us a glimpse of the mysterious, beautiful, and heart-wrenching love of God. His costly love for you and for me.
A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus has received the wine, he said, "It is finished." Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. - John 19:29-30 (NRSV)