Have you ever thought about the sayings of Christ on Calvary? They are very significant to us today as they give us wonderful expamles to follow as we go through this life and try to live for the Lord. Each saying that Christ uttered on Calvary has significance and meaning. There are 7 total and if we study each individual saying then we can learn so much about walking with God in this life.
1: “Father Forgive Them”
This saying is found in Luke 23:34. This cry from Calvary teaches us how we ought to treat our enemies. It shows Christ’s heart for His enemies and those who hated Him. “Father Forgive Them” teaches us that we should not rejoice in the downfall of our enemies. We should learn to help instead of hinder those who have done us wrong, even if it’s nothing more than praying for them. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 27:14, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth.” It also teaches us that we are to treat our enemies with kindness and to forget about revenge. Paul tells us in Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Jesus could have come down off the cross and killed every soldier that beat Him and every cry that sentenced Him, but instead He chose to shed His blood and pay the ultimate sacrifice for them.
2: “This Day Shalt Thou Be WIth Me In Paradise.”
This saying is found in Luke 23:43. It is a two-fold cry meaning it has dual meaning. The first truth this cry reveals is that repentance is necessary for salvation. This thief to which Jesus was referring there was repentant. It wasn’t his thankfulness or his humility that got him to paradise, but it was his repentant heart. We can find this same heart in Psalms 51 when David got his heart right with God. He told God to “create in me a clean heart.” Luke 13:3 tells us, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
This cry also shows assurance for the repentant heart. In order for this thief to miss Heaven, Jesus would have had to retract His Word and He promised that His Word would never return void. God always keeps His Word. When we repent and become a child of God, we are eternally secured in Christ. This truth is found in Philippians 1:6.
3: “Woman, Behold Thy Son!”
This cry is found in John 19:25-28 and is an indication of His care for His family. He made preparations for His family. This teaches us that if priorities are not in order at home, then worship will be out of order at the church. The decline in America’s spirituality did not start with any elected official, but it started in the home. When the American family decided that they had no time left at the end of the day to spend with God, this great nation took a nose dive spiritually. The Psalmist tells us in Psalms 9:17, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.”
4:”My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?”
This cry is found in Mark 15:33-34 and is also found in the Old Testament in Psalms 22:1. This cry deals with the absolute holiness of God. In 2Corinthians 5:21 we are told that Christ was made sin for us, even though He did not know sin. In other words, the perfect sacrifice was made for an imperfect man by a perfect being. Christ took upon Himself the sin of all mankind. This includes sin past, present, and future. Because of this, God the Father could not look upon the Son because God is altogether Holy and cannot allow sin in His presence. This brings about a whole new meaning to God giving His only Son for us. Not only did He give us His Son, but in order for Christ to pay for our sins on Calvary, God would have to turn His back on the Son.
5: “I Thirst.”
This cry is found in John 19:28 and is an expression of the humanity of Christ. One of the first heresies to enter the early church was the doctrine of docetism. This teaching claimed that Jesus Christ only seemed to be human, that He did not actually become flesh. This is contrary to scripture because we see in John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory a of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Who is the “Word” which is being spoken of here? We find this back in verse 1 where we are told, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS GOD.” This “Word” being referenced here is Jesus Christ. Jesus was made flesh. Though it is hard to understand for our meager minds, Jesus Christ was all man, and was also all God. This doctrine is called the humanity of Christ.
6: “It Is Finished”
This cry is found in John 19:30 as well as Philippians 2:8. This cry is one of a completed mission. Up until this point, He has showed us how to live. Now Christ shows us howto die. His purpose for being wrapped in human flesh and coming to vile and wicked world was to die. We find the purpose for Christ’s coming in Luke 19:10 where He says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” The cry “it is finished” means that He accomplished what He came to do. This meant that redemption was completed. Without the death of Christ, our faith is vain. (1Corinthians 15:17) At Calvary, Jesus finished all that the law demanded. Salvation wasd completed at Calvary because Christ paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me.
7: “Father, Into Thy Hands I Commend My Spirit.”
This final cry is found in Luke 23:46. It is one of total surrender. This shows the desire of Jesus to be in the presence of the Father. During His 33 years of ministry on this earth, everything Christ did was done for the glory of God. That desire should be present in the lives of every child of God today. We should have the desire to please God in every aspect of our lives. In the Beatitudes, Jesus called us blessed if we hunger and thirst after righteousness. Because of Christ’s death on Calvary, we now have acess to the Father. Upon Jesus’ death, the veil of the temple was torn signifying that we no longer have to go through a high priest in order to talk to God. We have access to the throne of God because of Calvary.
Studying the sayings of Christ on Calvary teaches us how to live and how to die. They teach us how to walk with God and how to have the presence of God in our lives. They teach us how to run our ministries and how to serve God on a daily basis. They provide with examples that to follow that will benefit each and every born again child of God.