On 7 different occasions during the last 6 hours of His life, Jesus spoke. He prayed for forgiveness (Luke 23:34), He promised Paradise to a criminal (Luke 23:43), He assigned the care of His mother to an apostle (John 19:26-27), He quoted from Psalms (Matthew 27:46), He acknowledged His thirst (John 19:28), He indicated that His mission was complete (John 19:30), and He surrendered His spirit (Luke 23:46). What do we learn from Jesus’ final words and how do they impact our understanding of what it means to follow?
44 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!“