"Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks." -Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:34)

The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

(The actual order of service is listed at the end)

The Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

The First Word: “Father, forgive them…”

“And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.” (Luke 23:33-34)

The Second Word: “…today you will be with me in Paradise.”

“One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

The Third Word: “…here is your Son.”

“…but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:25-27)

The Fourth Word: “…why have You forsaken me?”

“And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:33-34)

The Fifth Word: “…I thirst.”

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.” (John 19:28-29)

The Sixth Word: “…It is finished!”

“When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)

The Seventh Word: “Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.”

“It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 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.” (Luke 23:44-46)

Several has asked me about the Good Friday service we planned at Cofer’s Chapel. Here’s the order of service we used this year.

Order of Service
- Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 53 – Prayer
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (Special Music)
Welcome/A Word Concerning Communion/Intro to 7 Last Words
The  Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross (Scripture/Readings)

  • The First Word: Luke 23:33-34
  • You Made Us Your Own
  • The Second Word: Luke 23:39-43
  • I Will Glory in My Redeemer
  • The Third Word: John 19:25-27
  • The Fourth Word: Mark 15:33-34
  • Alas and Did My Savior Bleed (Special Music)
  • The Fifth Word: John 19:28
  • The Sixth Word: John 19:29-30
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
  • The Seventh Word: Luke 23:44-46
  • The Power of the Cross

New Testament Reading: John 19 

  • Jesus, Thank You 

Communion Reading : I Corinthians 11:23-29

  • Receiving of the elements
  • SONG: Behold the Lamb (Communion Hymn) (Special Music)

The Wonderful Cross
Revelation Song

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