Sunday, March 8 - Third 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.
The Death of Jesus
When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o'clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "Listen, he is calling for Elijah." And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." - Mark 15:33-36 (NRSV)