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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.