Jesus said,“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple,“Behold, your mother!”
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?”
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture),“I thirst.” 29 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.
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
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.
There is nothing new or unusual about a man dying. But Jesus dies like no other. He forgives his executioners, sees after the welfare of his mother, assures a fellow-convict of his eternal destiny, cries out to God in desperate faith, admits his thirst, declares his victory, and commends himself to the Father.
In doing so he satisfied the wrath of God, validated faith in God as the means of our justification, expressed his love for people, showed his human frailty, and completed the work he had come to do.
Jesus’ death is like no other. For this I am deeply thankful.