The first three was before the darkness according to Luke 23:34 & 43, and John 19:26-27.
Four was after the darkness came according to Mark 15:34, Matthew 27:46, Luke 23:46 and John 19:30.
Father forgive them for they know not what they do
Today shall thou be with me in paradise
Woman behold thy Son, Behold thy mother
It is finished
Eli, Eli la-ma-sa-bach-ni that is to say, My God, my God, why has thou forsaken me
Father into thy hands I commend my spirit
They parted Jesusí garments and cast lots; people take Godís money today and gamble it away. God still yet forgive us our transgressions. We will however eventually one day give up the sin that so easily beset us to go and be with Christ in Paradise. We must give up of ourselves and allow the Holy Spirit to take total control over our lives. We must to be willing to commend our lives into the hands of the Spirit. We must honor our parents and reverence them for who they are. We must develop a thirst for righteousness, denying ungodly lusts. When we have said and done all realize there is a finish to all of this. In going through life we must realize that God never leave us; we leave him.
We must realize that there is a way we hear, see and think and itís not necessarily God. The people had heard Jesus say Eli, Eli, la-ma-sa-bach-ni and thought he called for Elias. They said letís see if Elias will get him down but then Jesus cried out with a loud voice and gave up the ghost. Only the Centurion heard it; they said this was the Son of God. Who hears us and testify that we are in Christ.
Jesus said the same words that David said in Psalm 22:1-3; My God, My God why had thou forsaken me? Why are thou far from helping me; from the words of my roaring? David had sinned but Jesus took on in that we have the choice not to in anymore. Sin separates us from God. It drives a wedge day and night that we canít meditate or call God at any hour without repentance first. Itís not alright to sin. Itís not alright to think it alright. We walk on a tight rope in the middle of the road where if we are to stay on course we canít look to the left or the right. Sin was on both sides of Jesus; hung up to die but one cried out ďLord remember meĒ. This day he shared a place in glory with Jesus.
What can be said of us, our walk and where it will take us? What comes out of us in the darkest hour of our life; the midnight season? We must pick up the Word and take it with us to heart. Take the Word all the way to Heaven. The race is not to the swift or the strong, but to them that endure all the way to the end. The one that endure to the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24:13). One thief represented the beginning, the other the ending and Jesus was the middle. We too have a beginning (birth), our middle is life lived, and the ending is (our eternal resting place). Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly; not in the things we serve in the flesh but those things that are eternal in the heaven. He gave us life in the Spirit and killed sin in the flesh. The flesh must die. Luke 23:46 and when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said Father into thy hands I commend my Spirit; and having said this, he gave up the Ghost. We too have to give up our ways, thoughts, and live Godís Word. We too have to give up the centuries of doing things our way.
It was the Centurion, an officer in the Roman army who testified of the truthfulness, righteousness, holiness, and sanctity of Jesus when he said, truly this was the Son of God, certainly this was a righteous man (Luke 23:47).
We too are agents of peace but we have been quiet too long. The Devil tried to quiet Jesus then and he still tries to keep us quiet where we are afraid to proclaim that God is God. The truth is the Word came and lived, died a sinful brutal death to sacrifice his life for us. Are we willing to die for the Word? Are we willing to die that others may know Christ? Are we even ready and willing to make the sacrifices need for the work of Christ?
You see God expected Adam to cry out too! He expected him to deny himself to taste, touch, or feel the forbidden fruit. Was the fruit not good for eating? Yes it was good! God just wanted them to obey; say no to the temptation of desiring it. Our eyes deceive us all the time for what we see naturally is not always what it is. Jesus always spoke from a spiritual perspective and except we are spiritual we will not understand his sayings. Flesh must be torn down and cast aside that God can come forth. You see in the Garden of Eden flesh cried out through sight for fruit what was forbidden. Jesus too cried out in the flesh in Luke 22:42, if thou be willing remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will but thine be done. An angel appeared to Him from heaven and strengthened Him. If Jesus come down from heaven to earth as a man wrapped up in flesh needed strength what about us?
When I see the blood, I will come said the Lord God. Jesus prayed then in agony more earnestly and his sweat was as drops of blood falling down to the ground. He was already bleeding for man. He killed the flesh before flesh was killed. Jesus told the disciples to watch and pray as he went to pray. When He was done praying he found the disciples sleeping. He then saw the fragility of the flesh and saw what God had seen in Him minutes before; the weakness of the flesh. We have to be watchful, not sleep. Sin causes us to forsake our post, purpose and calling.
What Jesus gave up for us, we could never repay. All He asks for in return is that we accept the life He afforded us and be true to the Father. Even Jesus clothes was a fulfillment of prophesy, John 19:24. Revelation and realization of who Jesus was made by the Centurion in Matthew 27:54; truly this was the Son of God (Mark 15:39). Luke 23:47 they saw what was done; the sun was darkened and the veil of the Temple was rent in the midst of them. Jesus then glorified God and the Centurion said certainly this was a righteous man.
Jesus was beaten, mocked, scourged, and offered vinegar. They said save thyself, you saved others. Jesus dying was for the whole world. They killed Jesus that they would have recognition, honor, pace and position. How we kill one another too in hopes that it stink us up before men too; we are no different. We forget God is looking and booking our actions. In Mark 15:28 he was numbered with transgressors. They took what Jesus had said and applied natural understanding. Jesus didnít deserve the condemnation he received; he had done nothing wrong.
From the 6th to the 9th hour darkness was over the earth. Jesus said Father into your hands I commend my Spirit. The Spirit the giver of life to man once again was released that we may receive life again. We have here natural understanding versus Spiritual revelation. Mark 15:29-32 they passed by Him saying art thou that destroy the Temple and build it in three days? Save thy self and come down from the Cross. He saved others, himself He cannot save. Let the king of Israel descend now from the cross that we may see and believe. They were listening and heard but didnít understand he was speaking to a spiritual mind. What and how we hear is important! We cannot do the Will and Work of God without first understanding the wisdom and knowledge of God. God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must do it in Spirit and in Truth! Why did Jesus proclaim that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Light? He was a man in flesh but how we saw him and knew him after the Spirit is important to understand.
We donít have to see to believe. Blessed are they that see not but believe; have faith in Christ. From the 6th to the 9th hour, darkness was over the earth. Mark 15:34-37 at the 9th hour Jesus cried out Eloi, Eloi, la-ma-sach-bach-ni; which is being interpreted, My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me? Itís not so much what Jesus said, but what we say. Look at how they responded, he called for Elias, letís see if Elias come and take Him down. They filled a spounge with vinegar and put on a reed and gave it to Him to drink saying, alone, let us see whether Elias come. Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost.
Jesus by inscription was by different disciples. They called Him Jesus the King of the Jews in Matthew 27:37, the King of the Jews in Mark 15:26 this is the King of the Jews in Luke 23:38 and Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews in John 19:19. How can one sign be interpreted four different ways? This is Jesus, The King of the Jews, This is the King, Jesus of Nazareth. They all agree though that He is the King of the Jews.
Matthew 27:35-56 Let the record reflect that this is Friday 9am-6pm. They crucified Him, parted his garments, cast lots, sat down and watched. They sat over his hear his accusation, ďthis is Jesus the King of the JewsĒ. He died because he was a leader; he was the Son of God, a righteous man that did no sin. Sin was on both sides of him though; He was between two thieves; those that stole. Thou shall not steal. Jesus was caught up in the middle of sin yet he had done no sin. He was the go between God and man. He is our righteousness. He is the act that brought man before God again.
He is our hope or our demise; we choose. There is God; the true and living God. There is Jesus; Godís Spirit, Godís righteousness. There is Satan, the liar, Father of lies, the deceiver.
If thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross. He knew Jesus was the Son of God. Chief Priest, Scribes and Elders mocked Him as well. The Church people! He saved others, himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel (David was a King), let Him now come down from the Cross and we will believe. Why do people seek for a sign? Why not just believe! Jesus trusted in God (they always try to call your belief into question) let Him deliver Him now; if He will have him (if) for He said, I am the Son of God (did He or was it God that said ďthis is my beloved Son. The 6th to 9th hour of the day was darkness (it was morning time 6am-9am) over the land. At this time Jesus cried out Eli Eli lama-sa-bach-tha-ni, My God, My God why has thou forsaken me? They heard!
Jesus had been numbered with two thieves; transgressors that admitted they were sinners. Look at how the disciples described their place at the Cross. Matthew said there were there two thieves, one on the right and one on the left. Mark said and with him they crucify two thieves, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Luke said and one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him saying if thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him saying, does not thou fear God seeing thou art in the same condemnation and we indeed justly, but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus Lord remember me when thou come into thy kingdom. Jesus answered to day shall thou be with me in Paradise. John said when they crucified him and two other with him on either side, one and Jesus in the midst.
Spiritual people should become sick at the sight of sin. How do we recognize God? There are rewards for those that hear and obey. We need to have a hearing evaluation. Paul said in Romans 10:14 have an ear to hear. We must hear and hear spiritual things with a spiritual ear. The ear of the Holy Ghost is needed to hear what God is saying. Ephesian 5:6-8 many speak vain words. We must be conditioned to hear truth. Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the light.
David in Psalm 22:1 cried out; forsaken, no! Jesus cried out too! My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou cast far from helping me; and from the words of my roaring? Psalm 22 is a Messianic Psalm, it is centered around Christ; the true and only living God. David had faced some battles in life that God had always been with him and gave him victory over. David here now was in distress. David was suffering. He had made worship to Godís Son, applied Christ as the Messiah in his Psalms. Some are typically Messianic that is written of our general experience but applied to Christ.
David called Christ the King, priest and Davidís Lord and Christ being the one who brings to completion the Davidic Covenant in fulfillment of Israelís hope. David repeats what would be said later by Jesus because God has not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. Christ died for our sins, for only He knew the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Jesus was lifted up and we are to praise and worship him for all that he is to us. He drank of the bitter cup that we donít have to. If we drink of this cup it can finish us but with Jesus dying and resurrection, death, and sin is finished. Matthew 27:46 and about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice saying Eli, Eli lama-sa-batha-ni, that is to say, My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me? Jesus had mastered the system of the Jews. He walked out life in the flesh without sin. He was repetitious in doing the Word, doing Truth and showing forth the light of the world. Now we too must master the walk of Christ in our lives. He is the Master that mastered the system. He knew that he had come to die, he knew he would go through, he knew how He would die and He knew who the main characters were that would partake in his death. God prepared a man to carry the Cross. God prepared and positioned those that would be used in the master deception. God had a perfect plan that this work would be masterly carried out. God has masterfully and wonderfully made us that we too should seek for him masterfully.
We must master the Word; know what it says to do or not do. How can we obey what we have no knowledge of? Satan has the Word mastered. He spoke it to the Word and God Himself. If he knows it and uses it even unto God; how much more do we need to know it and do it? We must bury the sin of our past and live what will last! He is our rock, our fortress and our strength, Psalms 18:2.
Read the Word, study it, ingest it, digest it; this is hearing from God to master it! When the Word become a part of us and we live before Jesus died for the sin of the world, He mastered living the Word in the flesh. Before He died for sin, He mastered rejecting it. Before giving us grace, He became grace. Before giving forgiveness of sin, he became a forgiver of sin. Before bruising Satan under his feet he was bruised. Before turning the other cheek, he took a lick. If we are to continue Godís work here in the earth, we must master the Word and the work. We canít quit, give up or give in. We must make up our minds that we are in it to win it.
Everything Jesus said on the Cross satisfied some part of the flesh; feelings, love of God, family, pain, thirst, desires, giving up the flesh, and forgiveness!
How does a liar perfect lying? He practices! Perfect practice makes perfect; be repetitious in doing good, in telling the truth, in studying the Word that we perfect our minds and hearts in Christ. We must practice to master the Word where we can live it. We must perfect our prayer through having one every day. We gain strength through fasting and prayer. When we give up our self for a life in Christ we do what Christ did. Just as the angels came and strengthened Him they will God willing come and strengthen us. Just as they came and rolled away the stone for the women that came that day looking for Jesus our stones will be rolled away too! Then we can be sent out to proclaim Christ is risen in me!
A life in Christ is walked out every day! What will our last sayings be?