Today as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the grave, let us learn some lessons from some of His last seven sayings before He died most of which were on the Cross. The 7 last sayings are as follows:
We are so thankful to God, our heavenly Father for letting His beloved son, Jesus who is eternally co-existent came into the world in human form. Jesus, because of His great love came to show us and live out the great characteristics of God so that as we trust and believe in Him, we too can have a transformed life by the power of the Holy Spirit and live like Him. In His dying moment, Jesus asked God the Father to forgive those who were nailing Him to death on the Cross. What a demonstration of Jesus’ sacrificial love for the sinful humanity!. Like Jesus, He has taught us also “to love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). This ought to be a daily practical demonstration of our faith in Christ Jesus.
To the thief on the Cross with Jesus who believed, Jesus assured him, “You will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). This is a demonstration of the fact that it may never be too late for a sinner to repent and trust Jesus as Savior and Lord, even on the dying bed! We must caution, however that is is risky and dangerous for anyone to keep postponing a time of decision disregarding the work and invitation of the Holy Spirit from time to time. Even today we have been invited to open our hearts to Jesus as per Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock, If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”
When Jesus said, “It is finished” (Luke 23:46) on the cross, indeed His earthly work and assignment was complete to the pleasure of God the Father. He endured to the very end in spite of Satan’s temptations directly and indirectly keeping the faith. What kind of Christian are you and I: consistent or inconsistent? Faithful and steadfast or not? Jesus said, “You will be hated by everyone because of Me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved” (Matthew 10:22, 24:13). How can we? It is by abiding daily in Christ because He is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:9-10). Dr. Johnson Omoni