Today, I read again the seven last words of Christ spoken from the cross. They were not necessarily profound words, but became profound because it was Jesus who said them. Have you ever really stopped to consider how important His words were?
“I am thirsty” (John 19:28) — Many others who had been crucified had spoken those words, but when Jesus did, it was to fulfill prophecy (Psalm 69:21).
“Today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43) — Others could make promises, but only Jesus and His words could guarantee heaven for a man who recognized Him.
“Father, forgive them” (Luke 23:34) — How many have used those words to convey compassion? But Jesus, knowing those who were killing Him did not see Him as the Messiah, asked His Father for grace on their behalf. Today, He sits on the right hand of the Father saying those things about you and me. “Forgive them.”
“Father … I commit my spirit” (Luke 23:46) — A lot of people have made sacrifices and even expressed in noble terms their plight, but when Jesus used those words, He willingly gave up His soul as an eternal gift.
“Dear woman, here is your son … here is your mother” (John 19:26,27) — The words of any son who loves his mother are effective, but just think how Jesus was conceived and born. He was unselfish to the end, watching over her well-being.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46) — For the very first time in His life, He felt the loneliness of abandonment. His Father had to turn away. We often feel that way ourselves, but we do not carry the world’s weight of sin on our shoulders.
“It is finished” (John 19:30) — Many times we use these words when a sermon has been completed or a room has been painted. Jesus used those words to say His assignment was completed — the debt of sin was paid.
It really does make a difference who says what.