The Beauty of the Resurrection

In a few days the church will celebrate one of the unique events of Christendom - the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Regardless of how you have prepared for Easter, whether you followed lent as other Christians do and gave up on some of your favorite foods or delicacies so that you can spend time in prayer; the good news is that the resurrection makes our faith unique in the midst of the unfulfilled man-made religions of the world. Christianity is in that sense exclusive. It is exclusive in the sense that Jesus is the only one who died and conquered death. All the leaders of the other religions died and are still dead to this day.

As you look forward to this awesome day in the history of our life changing faith, it is my prayer that you will take time and reflect on the seven utterances of Jesus on the cross. Without commenting on each, I will list them and their Scriptural references so that you can use them to reflect as you get ready for Good Friday and Easter. You can also reflect on what the cross meant for you as a child of God all through the year. So here are the seven utterances of Jesus on the cross some two thousand years ago now.

The first saying is a word of forgiveness found in Luke 23:34 were we read “34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
The second saying is the word of salvation found in Luke 23: 43 ““I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The third saying is the word of affection found in John 19:25-26 “Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.”

The fourth saying is the word of anguish found in Matt. 27:46 “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?”

The fifth saying is the word of suffering found in John 19:28 “28 Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.”

The sixth saying is the word of victory found in John 19:30 “When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.”

The seventh saying is the word of contentment found in Luke 23:46 “Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands.”

Arthur Walkington Pink, The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2005).

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