King of the Jews

Matthew Chapter 27 Verse 37   

And above His head they put up the charge against Him which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”             (NASB)

An excerpt from “The Majesty and the Mockery of the Cross”, by Bill Crowder

The crucifixion event covers about six hours.  During those six hours, the gospel writers capture a series of seven sayings of Christ from the tree of death—sometimes referred to as the Seven Last Words.

Forgiveness:  “Jesus was saying, ‘Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’”    Luke 23:34

Redemption:  “He said to (the thief on the cross), ‘Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.’”  – Luke 23:43

Compassion:  “When Jesus saw His mother He said, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ and to His disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!”   John 19:26-27

Abandonment:  “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? That is MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?’”

Readiness: “After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, said, ‘I am thirsty.”   John 19:28

Fulfillment:  “Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished!”   John 19:30          

Release: “Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.’”

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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