Sunday, February 22 - First 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.
One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." - Luke 23:39-43 (NRSV)