The Last 7 Words of Jesus


"To many, the Passion of Jesus Christ is a lesson in history where we sympathize with Christ for the sufferings he went through before he died. We find it hard to believe how the people can be so cruel as to inflict the most severe form of pain on a man who we know was innocent. For Christians the Passion should be more than a lesson in history. It should become a lesson in life, teaching us how to stand up for truth and justice."                     - Pope Francis

FIRST WORDLenten Meditation

"Father, forgive them , for they know not what they do."

Luke 23: 34

The first words that Jesus spoke after being nailed to the cross were ones of forgiveness. 

SECOND WORDLenten Meditation

"Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise."  Luke 23: 43

Christ says these words to a man who is being crucified next to him. Just like the first word, His second is that of forgiveness.

God generously opens the door to heaven for those who will to repent of their sins. The sinner recognized Christ for who he was. The mercy of God is always ready to reach out to and save a soul, even at the last minute.


THIRD WORDLenten Meditation

"When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he said to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, he said to the disciple: Behold thy mother." John 19: 26-27

Yet again Jesus is continuously compassionate to those around him, making sure that his Mother is cared for after his death.

Just as Christ gave His mother to John, he gives Mother Mary to us.

FOURTH WORDLenten Meditation

"And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying: Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? that is, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matt 27:46

These four words were uttered shortly before His death. This is the only passage where the original Aramaic language is preserved. Here, Jesus was expressing His feelings of abandonment by praying the opening verse of Psalm 22. God placed the sins of the entire world on Him, which fall heavy on the humanity of Jesus.

FIFTH WORDLenten Meditation

"Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst." John 19:28

Earlier in the Gospel, a drink of wine and myrrh was prepared for Jesus. It was customary in those days to give an anesthetic drink for those about to be crucified. To appease the soldiers Jesus took a sip, but not enough to deaden the pain. In this passage He prompted the guards for his final drink, this one consisting of vinegar and water.

SIXTH WORDLenten Meditation

"Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is accomplished."

John 19:30

Amazingly, Jesus is still conscious after hours of being on the cross. This expression, "It is finished", did not simply mean that death was upon him, but rather that He had fulfilled his mission, and, because he was God, willingly laid down his own life. His preaching, miracles, and finally His earthly suffering would soon be over. His ministry and resulting death would pay the debt of sin for all humanity.

SEVENTH WORDLenten Meditation

"And Jesus crying with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. With these words he breathed his last." Luke 23:46

These are the very last words Jesus spoke on the Cross before His final breath. Jesus is willingly giving up His soul to His Father in Heaven. Jesus has been perfectly obedient to His Father's will. It is here that the Lamb of God has been slain for our sins. By contemplating this, and all the last words of Jesus, we can better appreciate Christ's sacrifice on the cross.