A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things. Matthew 12:35
From the moment Jesus had his hands and feet pierced with the nails until the moment “He gave up the ghost,” He spoke exactly seven times. A careful examination of the final things Jesus said, will reveal to us exactly what kind of man He truly was. Under ideal circumstances a talented person gifted with skill and learning can portrait themselves in any given light in which they choose. It is a different matter entirely when a man is facing certain death. Compound it with excruciating pain and torture, and even the most eloquent and refined person will reveal their true character.
In a later post we will examine with keen interest the trial of Jesus, which led up to this moment, but today we want to get to the heart of the matter. What kind of man was Jesus? As the centuries of this world pass one by one, history records one great leader after another who played the politician, and gave a good appearance of truly caring for the people, but in the end, they ultimately were motivated by glory and power! They manipulated the masses for their own gain. Was Jesus such a person, or was He truly the Son of God? Before we explore the final seven things Jesus spoke, we need to comprehend what was taking place as He was on that Cross. The core of the gospel itself is found in what many consider to be the most important verse in all the Bible, “when He cried out with a loud voice, “IT IS FINISHED!”
The Measuring Rod for True Love
Does your life in Christ give you strength? Does his love comfort you? Do we share together in the spirit? Do you have mercy and kindness? If so, make me very happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and having one mind and purpose. When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others. In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:1-5.
Let’s look at the law of contrast to reveal what true love is. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,” 2 Timothy 3:1,2. Now lets examine its polarizing opposite. “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:2-5. That scripture is the best description in the Bible of what true love is.
The Final Seven things Jesus Spoke Before He Died on the Cross.
- The first time He spoke was to ask forgiveness for the Roman soldier.
- The second time was to promise Heaven to a dying thief.
- The third was to comfort His agonizing mother.
- The fourth was to comfort His disciple.
- The fifth was to express His eternal love and desire for His Father when He cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me!”
- The sixth time was to fulfill Scripture when He spoke of His thirst.
- The seventh and final time Jesus spoke He was thinking of all that He came to save when He cried out with a loud voice, “IT IS FINISHED!”
Think about this, the unredeemed thief was thinking of himself. “And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” Luke 23:39. He was a self-centered man thinking only of saving himself. This was not the attitude of Christ in His agony, He was thinking of everyone but Himself. Praise His name! Let us take another look at this section of scripture describing the mind of Christ. “In lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” This was the way Christ gave Himself for the church. This is the way for a man to truly love a woman. ““Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25.
Christ upon the Cross demonstrated the ultimate love described by the Apostle Paul. How justly is the command given, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” Through the words of Christ on the Cross we can see the very love that Jesus possessed in His heart, and mind towards you and I. Through the final 7 things Jesus spoke we see that He was indeed mindful of others more than Himself. That He esteemed our needs above His own. This is the high and noble principal of love.
The 6th thing Jesus Said
Before the Vinegar is Offered
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
He that knew no sin, became sin for us
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Christ bore this curse for us
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Because Christ bore this curse (Mark 15:34) for us we have the promise
He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Mark 15:34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
That is not the only thing Jesus CRIED out with a LOUD VOICE!
The 7th & Final thing Jesus Said!
After the Vinegar is Offered
Matthew 27:48, 50
And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matthew does not tell us what was said, however, Luke and John do! What Mathew does reaffirm for us, is that it was said with a LOUD CRY!
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, IT IS FINISHED: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Only when you read Matthew Mark, Luke, and John side by side can you actually hear the whole conversation between the Son to His Father in Heaven.
The Loud Cry IT IS FINISHED
In His last moments Jesus cried with a loud voice “My God, My God why has thou forsaken me,” (Vinegar is offered) cried with a loud voice again, “Father into thy hands I commend my spirit,” (pause) “IT IS FINISHED!!!!!”
The name of this ministry is “The LOUD CRY Ministry.” Our purpose is to preach Christ and Him Crucified, and to share his final message before he died, IT IS FINISHED. That is the LOUD CRY that needs to be heard through out the world before Jesus can return! That is the gospel that is to go into every nation tongue and people This heaven sent message to the world is not about a day of the week,rather it is about a SAVIOR WHO DIED FOR THE SINS IN THE WORLD! The Cross is the theme of this website. Vindicating the Cross against teachings that undermine it!