On Good Friday evening, it’s been our recent tradition to have our members reflect on the seven last words that Jesus spoke from the cross. It’s become a special service where people offer their faithful gifts in spoken word and music.
The last seven sayings of Christ as recorded in Scripture are:
“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
“This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
“Woman, behold they son.” (John 19:26)
“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.” (Mark 15:34)
“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
“It is finished.” (John 19:30)
“Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.” (John 23:46)
It’s a quiet service, somewhat somber as is befitting the day. It begins in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. and should last about an hour.
It’s a helpful way to end Good Friday, considering the painful realitythat the cross plays in our faith. In other words, one doesn’t get to resurrection in Christianity without crucifixion. And Easter morning may not be quite as sweet if one didn’t somehow stay with Jesus on Friday in the shadow of the cross.