Last Sunday, we studied the first three sayings of Jesus on the cross. There was a Word of Forgiveness. “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34, ESV). There was a Word of Salvation. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43, ESV). There was a Word of Care for Parents. “Woman, behold, your son!”. . . “Behold, your mother” (John 19:26-27, ESV)!
Today, we shall take up the remaining four sayings of Jesus on the cross. The death of Christ is the heart of the gospel. It is the climax of the gospel story. The last words of Jesus on the cross are thus highly significant.
In the remaining sayings, the gospel writers use OT texts in the death of Christ. Thus, I would need you to listen well and think critically, as we study how the gospel writer used the OT background in the death of Christ. It shall make us better grasp the significance of Jesus’ last words on the cross. . . . more