We have honored and revered the day our Lord paid the ultimate price for human sin on the Calvary Cross some two Thousand years ago.
On the Cross Lord Jesus Christ spoke Seven Words before HIS death.
Our Church members each shared their thoughts on them.
It is a wonderful experience for me as a Pastor to sit and listen to them.
Bro. Raj Nathan spoke on Luke 23:24 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”.
He said God’s mercy was expressed on everyone irrespective of his/her intentional and un-intentional wrong doings committed in one’s life.
The very words the Lord had spoken expresses God’s forgiveness to those who did not deserve that mercy.
Bro. Benson Thomas spoke on Luke 23:43 “I tell you the truth, today you will be with ME in paradise”
He said that both thieves knew who Jesus was.
First thief was insulting the Lord for not helping him to get out his miserable condition.
He was only interested in salvation from his present.
The second thief was focusing on his life after death and understands his condition justified.
Ms. Vicky Reddy spoke on John 19:26-27 “Woman, your son; Son, your mother.”
She says that even in HIS dying moments the Lord did not forget HIS responsibility as the first born son to take care of HIS mother who suffered much for HIM during HIS birth to HIS formative years.
At the same token Lord Jesus was disconnecting Himself from all earthly bonds.
Ms. Barbara Reddy spoke on Matt 27:46 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
She says after 6 hours of hanging on the cross Lord Jesus was lonely, betrayed, and left.
He became 100% man for our sin and reels under the impact of separation from the Father.
That’s when HE says ‘why’ as a child and cries out for HIS physical separation.
Ms. Jemy Thomas spoke on John 19:28 “I thirst”.
She says that Lord Jesus cried aloud to fulfill the prophetic says recorded in Old Testament.
Lord Jesus was extremely exhausted and parched and felt the need of a drink.
The One who promised living waters is now asking for earthly water.
He fulfilled more prophetic saying uttered by the Old Testament prophets than anyone in the human history.
Bro. Raj Nathan spoke on John 19:30 “It is finished"
He says that Lord Jesus came to this world with a mission to die for human sin.
His words and works completed the task given to HIM during His earthly mission.
He was humble enough to die on the cross for everyone so that they may live.
He finished the purpose of His Incarnation completely.
Pastor John spoke on Luke 23:46 “Father, into your hands I commit my Spirit”.
He begins with ‘Father’ and end with ‘Father’.
Lord Jesus has the power to surrender His spirit to the Father.
The spirit is the life giving breath that God the Father gives to every living being on Planet Earth.
God breathed into the nostrils of Adam to make him a living man.
Unless Lord Jesus releases that spirit (breath) HE cannot die as human being.
The moment has come for HIM to die and close the book on incarnation.
The spirit is just the breath of life but not the soul of Lord Jesus.
Every human being has a soul which is different from the breath.
When the breath goes away we die but the soul never dies.
The life giving breath is only required for this planet earth not for the other dimension.
So also Lord Jesus has a soul which is the soul of God.
His being, THE SPIRIT is the same that of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
They are all one in essence but in three personalities.
His soul does not return to God because HE IS GOD even in His human body.
Because of God’s soul in HIM, HE always remained sinless from conception to cross.
These were HIS last words as human being for the benefit of the world.
HIS soul (SPIRIT) returns to Jesus in the grave on the Easter Morning to be raised in glorious body.
On the day of Rapture, the dead and the living in Christ will be raised in glorious body like our Lord Jesus Christ.