The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ – Pain of Rejection

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” – Matthew 27:46 – The pain of rejection.

When you’ve read this, what was your reaction?
 
Wait… why did Jesus say this? Was He complaining? Was He regretting? Why exactly did He say this?
 
Let’s look at the situation.

Jesus went through a great ordeal overnight. He was captured, flogged, crowned with a crown of thorns, moved from one place to another, carried the cross (estimated to be around 135 kilograms in weight), and nailed on the cross standing up.

He has to hold the weight of His entire body with His feet which were nailed together as well. To add to the agony, He was losing a lot of blood in the process and is beginning to be extremely dehydrated.

This is just the physical pain of it. While Jesus was physically suffering from all of these, He was also being mocked and insulted upon. His disciples denied Him, Judas betrayed Him and His mother can’t do anything for Him.

He is alone in facing all this suffering. It has to be. As Isaiah wrote:

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

    and though the Lord makes[c] his life an offering for sin,

he will see his offspring and prolong his days,

    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. (Isaiah 53:10)

It was the Lord’s will for Him to go through it all.
 

HE SUFFERED IT ALL FOR US.

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Now, remember that even though He is the Son of God, His body was like ours – nothing extraordinary. He didn’t have the power to be numb or not feel the pain.

Before Jesus spoke these words, something significant happened – from noon until three in the afternoon, darkness filled the entire land.

Many believe, and we do as well, that this is the moment that Jesus felt the most separated from God. He was suffering and in a very dark place, bearing the iniquity of all our sins and the wrath of God.

And so, at the last moment of His life, the most painful moment of His death, Jesus Christ cried out to the Father.

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

The Pain of Rejection

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Does any of you ever been in this situation? Have you ever been rejected this way?

I tell you, brothers and sisters, Jesus knows. He understands.

Jesus understands what it’s like to be in a dark place, to feel alone, and to suffer all by Himself. He knows how it feels to be in your lowest moment and feel like the weight of the world is upon you. HE KNOWS.

And that’s the reason why we can run to Him right now – because He understands.

During the lowest points in your life, you may think, God is nowhere. Why do I have to suffer like this? Why did this have to happen to me? Where is God in all of this?

Jesus Christ is waiting for you. He knows your pain. He has been rejected, alone, and suffered from any pain possible in this world – all so won’t have to suffer ever again. And He is just waiting for you to lay that at the foot of His cross.

Lay your pain, put down your loneliness, and surrender your hurt to the One who loves and understands you the most.

He is waiting for you.
 
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The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ – Compassion Until the Last Breath

“When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. – John 19:26-27 – compassion until the last breath.

Do you believe that when Jesus was hanging on that cross, He was thinking about you and me? Here’s proof.

The whole time that He was there, hanging on that cross, He was looking at the people – not with hatred but with compassion. Thus, saying this 3rd statement towards His mother and His disciple.

The Pain of a Childless Mother

Mary knew beforehand what was going to happen, even before Jesus Christ was born. Or she might not know everything, but she knew that Jesus Christ is here for a purpose.

This, however, did not stop her from loving Jesus Christ as her own child – He is indeed her child after all. And in this entire turmoil, Mary is there, watching helplessly, knowing that this is supposed to happen but not wanting it to happen.

You probably understand this kind of confusion, when you stand in a situation where you know something is supposed to happen because it is for the best, but you don’t want it to happen anyway, because it hurts a lot.

Now, imagine how Mary feels about all these happenings. She knew that Jesus was just given to her for a short while, she understood that there is a purpose for all of these sufferings, but she is watching her child, being flogged, tortured, mocked, and dying on the cross. What would you have felt?

And in the midst of everything that is happening, Jesus understood this. He understood what His mother is feeling and so He provided a way to comfort her.

He Provides

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Interestingly enough, this whole time, John the Beloved was there beside His mother. We all knew that John is the disciple whom Jesus loved. And so, Jesus said to His mother and John,

“Woman, behold your son!” … “Behold your mother!”

He knew His mother will be alone and lonely and He knew that John will be left without anyone else as well, for the moment, as all of the other disciples have gone. And so He provided comfort for both of them, not minding His own pain.

Compassion until the last breath

Jesus is compassionate towards you. Do you know why Jesus Christ has to be born as a man and walk on this earth despite Him being the Son of God? It is so that He will experience everything that we are experiencing.

He came here to suffer as we suffer, to live as we live, and to face pain, hurt, and death as we do.

Jesus knows your pain and He understands your sufferings. He loves you and He wants to provide for you just as He provided comfort to Mary and John – just as He provided assurance to the dying criminal who believed. He wants to provide for you.

Jesus knows your pain.

As He said, even before His death, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest… For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

What should I do?

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Just come at His feet. Lay your burden at the foot of the cross and receive the comfort and provision that Jesus Christ has prepared for you.

Believe that He died so you will no longer suffer and feel that pain. And receive Him into your heart. That’s all you have to do.

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The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ – Joy in Death

“Today, you will be with me in paradise.” – Luke 23:43 – The joy in death.

When you think of dying, what comes to your mind? What do you feel? Is there any form of fear or doubt? Or do you feel joy?

As Paul talked about death, he said, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21). He welcomed death as the ultimate victory in His Christian life.

But to most of us, death is the ultimate defeat. We cry when someone dies and most of us feel scared or sad when we think of dying. But in the second of the last 7 words of Jesus Christ, He addressed this.

The criminal who believed

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Many called this “the good thief and the bad thief”. However, I would want to call them “the thief who believed and the thief who doubted”. This is mainly because we cannot judge how people lived if they’re “good” or “bad”. We see through our naked eyes but God sees the heart of men.

Now, in Luke, they were referred to as criminals, so I’m going to address them as such. But what really happened here?

So, while Jesus Christ was hanging on the cross, there were two criminals who were hanging with Him. The soldiers who were on the ground were mocking Him saying, “You’ve saved others, why can’t you save yourself? If you are the King of Jews, save yourself!”

And to this, one of the criminals blasphemed Jesus saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.

But the criminal on the other side rebuked the other saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

And to this Jesus replied, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

What happened here? Why did Jesus say that? What does it mean for us?

To Him Who Believed

What did the criminal do to merit him Christ’s promise of resurrection and eternal life? Was it because he showed good deeds toward Jesus Christ? Were his years of being a criminal redeemed by that one “good deed”?

This may come as a shock to you but if you look closely, it’s not because he defended Jesus Christ. It’s not because of his “good deed”. It was because HE BELIEVED and REPENTED.

These are the only requirements to gain Heaven. We don’t dismiss good deeds, because as Christians, we should do good to others. But we do good not to be saved but because we are saved. It is not our good deeds that can save us.

The criminal REPENTED (And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds) and BELIEVED (this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said [k]to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”)

In the same manner, this is all we have to do, to BELIEVE and REPENT.

The Promise of Eternal Life

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We don’t have to be afraid of death. As Jesus said these words, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise”, how did you feel? Do you feel the joy and assurance of an eternal life with Jesus Christ in Heaven?

You should. That is God’s promise for us! In the death of Jesus Christ is an eternal life for us who BELIEVE and REPENT. All we need to do is to accept the salvation that Jesus Christ has given us through the cross.

And as we receive this assurance, our perspective of death will be different. We will see death as a blessing out of this world of pain and suffering. And as Paul said, we too can say, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.”

Have you accepted this assurance yet? How do you see death now? What do you believe?

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7 Last Words of Jesus Christ

The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ – Why does it matter to us?

7 Last Words of Jesus Christ

Today is a day of celebration!

The Holy Week is not a sad and somber week as many would want to portray it. In actuality, the Holy Week is a celebration! It is a celebration of the greatest miracles that God has ever done in our lives – Salvation.

Compared to what Jesus Christ has done on the cross, everything else is nothing. Without salvation, we don’t have power over death, over sickness, over wealth – over anything.
 
This is why we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the beginning of our journey to a victorious life. Without Jesus’ death on the cross, we wouldn’t know the true and perfect victory, in life and after death.

As we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, let us reflect on the 7 last words of Jesus Christ and its significance in our present and daily lives. What does it mean for us personally?

This is a beginning of a 7-part series of The 7 Last Words of Jesus Christ – It’s Significance to Our Personal Lives.

Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do – Luke 23:34

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So here’s the story behind the first parting words of Jesus Christ before His death on the cross.

If you read the first part of the chapter where He said this, you will see the harsh things that Jesus Christ went through in the hands of the people.

The very people who welcomed Him inside Jerusalem, shouting “Hosanna” were the same people who sent Him to Pilate and strongly appealed for Him to be sentenced to death. Then, from thenceforth, Jesus was subjected to endless and unimaginably painful torture.

He was mocked, sent to different people to be evaluated, and found not guilty, He was stripped off of His robe, spat on His face, crowned with a crown of thorns, flogged more than a hundred times that His flesh was torn out of His body – unimaginable pain and suffering.

Yet, as He was hanging on the cross, He looked up the sky and said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

The Unconditional Forgiveness through Jesus Christ

If you are a parent, have you ever seen someone hurt your child? Doesn’t it make you so angry that you’d want to just crush someone’s skull?

Imagine seeing your child going through the same things that Jesus went through. What would you have done if you are the Father?

The first word of Jesus shows us this:

That even before Jesus Christ died on the cross, He was already appealing for us.

Jesus Christ was already appealing to the Father to forgive us for we are not aware of what we’re doing.

Were we really unaware? Were these people really unaware? The truth is, these people know what they are doing. However, because they are spiritually dead and are blinded by hate, jealousy, greed, and fear of being stripped of power, they did this.

And these are things that blind us even up to this day.

Sometimes, even though we know what’s right and wrong, it becomes blurry when we start to fear our future, become too greedy of power and money and so much more.

But isn’t it assuring to know that no matter what we have done or no matter where you are or what you’re doing with your life right now, Jesus is there, mediating for you, asking God to forgive you?

That is the wonderful news of Jesus’ death for us. That we have unconditional love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

The Unconditional Grace

If you think you’re unredeemable. If you think you’ve done too much that there’s no turning back, think again.

Look at what these people did to Jesus Christ – how they treated Him, how NO ONE pleaded for Him, and how He was betrayed and denied even by His followers.

Nothing is unforgivable. You were forgiven through Jesus Christ. And that’s the unconditional love of God.

Does that mean you can keep sinning then? I don’t think you would want to keep sinning though.

If someone died for you just so you can live, wouldn’t you want to lead a better life? Wouldn’t you want to make your life worth it in reverence and respect to the one who sacrificed for you?

In the same manner, if you know that the only Son of God had to go through this much suffering just for you to be saved, you wouldn’t want to disappoint Him at all. And therefore, you wouldn’t want to sin ever again.

This is the logic of God’s unconditional grace.

Choose Him Now

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He chose you. He died for you. And He went through suffering so you won’t suffer anymore. Prophet Isaiah said this is Isaiah 53:

Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds, we are healed.

If you are suffering in any way right now, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially, remember this – Jesus Christ has already suffered it on your behalf.

Just come to Jesus Christ and surrender everything to Him. Leave it all at His feet and receive the redemption that He has given you.

And you will experience the peace of God that passes all knowledge and understanding.

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