Friday’s Words Come Monday

A GOOD MONDAY STORYLINE
OF THE SEVEN FINAL WORDS OF CHRIST FROM THE CROSS

.1.  “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  (Luke 23:34a)

Jesus announcing God’s desire that mankind be spared from the everlasting death due sin

[the “Whyof Jesus’ coming]

2.  “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:43)

Jesus disclosing the destination to which the life-giving path blazed by God through Him leads

[the “Whereto which Jesus’ coming goes]

3.  “Dear woman, here is your son” (John 19:26); “Here is your mother.” (John 19:27)

Jesus summarizing His legacy to the world as being life-giving, loving service to one another

[the “What that Jesus’ coming generates]

4.  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  (Matthew 27:46)

Jesus taking on the wrath of God due sin for all men that is impossible for any other person to bear up under

[the “Howby which Jesus’ coming removes death from life]

5.  “I am thirsty.”  (John 19:28)

Jesus confessing the unquenchable dryness of soul that occurs in separation from God

[the Who Jesus’ coming reveals as being the only One able to give and sustain life]

6.  “It is finished.”  (John 19:30)

Jesus acknowledging that the Father’s perfect care of the world is fulfilled in and through Him

[the culmination of the manifestation of God’s loving-goodness seen in Jesus’ coming]

7.  “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  (Luke 23:46)

Jesus cementing eternally right Familial relationship with His own trust in the Father’s good love

[the conclusionof Jesus’ coming:  eternal right order establishing unending peace]

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Synopsis:  Father… God… Father…

Jesus the Son…  went obediently to the Cross in awareness of the Father’s good and loving Presence.

Jesus the man…  suffered in isolation in bearing the sin that separated mankind from God’s righteousness.

Jesus the Son…  spared God-given life with His own to remain perfectly united with the Father forever.

Cathy Scott, Easter Monday, 2015

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