Extending Grace – 1st & 2nd words
Luke 23:32-38 - Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals – one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and aid, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS”’
Luke 23:39-43 - One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him. “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Alone on the Cross – 3rd , 4th & 5th Words
John 19:25-27 - Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother. “Dear woman, here is your son, and here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Matthew 27:45-46 - From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice.“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
John 19:28-29 - Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips.
His Mission Accomplished – 6th & 7th Words
John 19:30 - When he had received the drink, Jesus said. “It is finished” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Luke 23:46 - Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he said this, he breathed his last breath.