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What Were Jesus' Last Words?

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Did John get Jesus' last words wrong?

HUMANIST ACCUSATION: Regarding the last words of Jesus while on the cross, Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 quote Jesus as crying with a loud voice, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Luke 23:46 gives his final words as, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” John 19:30 alleges the last words were, “It is finished.”

Who is right? Should we go with the majority opinion? Or could it be that the humanist who wrote this misunderstood what was written, and assumed something that is not in scripture. If you've been reading this from the beginning, you know what to do. Go to scripture. Find out whaty it actually says.

Matthew 27:46-50

About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” And some of those who were standing there, when they heard it, began saying, “This man is calling for Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran, and taking a sponge, he filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and gave Him a drink. But the rest of them said, “Let us see whether Elijah will come to save Him. ” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Apparently the humanist who wrote this question did not read past verse 46. In verse 50, the last sentence above, it states that "Jesus cried out again." So "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me." were not his last words. He cried out something else after taking a drink of sour wine.

John 19:29b-30 they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon a branch of hyssop and brought it up to His mouth. Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.

When Jesus said, "It is finished!" what did that mean? It did not mean he had died.

"It is finished!" means that Jesus' mission was accomplished. This was a shout of triumph! God's holy wrath against sin had been satisfied. Every prophecy had been fulfilled. Satan was defeated and rendered powerless. The work of redemption had been accomplished. Everything that was needed was done, and nothing could be added to it. It was finished!

But Jesus had not yet died. Next He bows His head, and John does not say whether He says anything after that or not. However, that he bowed His head shows he was still alive. He may have said something before giving up His spirit.

Jesus voluntarily gave up His life at the moment He choose. And that moment had not yet come.

John 10:17-18

For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”

Luke is the one who records Jesus' final words. His mission accomplished, Jesus can now lay down His life so that He can demonstrate there is life after death. While His mission of redemption has been accomplished, He still needs to die so that three days later He can demonstrate that eternal life is real.

Luke 23:46

And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.

After saying those last words, Jesus lays down His life so He can take it up again.

What did we find out here? There is no contradiction.

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There are even contradictions in the accounts of the resurrection – the supposed event that is the very foundation of the Christian religion.

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Wide and Narrow Roads

Many people, when they die, will stand before Jesus and say:

Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? - Matthew 7:22

And Jesus will say to them:

I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. - Matthew 7:23

Get your Bible out and read Matthew 7:21-23. These are some of the most frightening verses in the Bible.

They describe people who believe with all their heart that they are saved. They have no doubt that they know Jesus and they've done many great things that prove this is true. Put Jesus says, 'Depart from me...' He doesn't know them.

Are you truly trusting Jesus? Scripture says to examine yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Have you done that?

Do you read your Bible regularly? Do you fear false teaching? Are you growing in your obedience to God? Are you growing in your understanding of what God wants? Do you regularly share the good news about Jesus with others?