The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Seventh Word

The Seventh Word: “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” (Luke 23:46) Copyright © 2007, Linda E. S. Roberts. For permission to use this picture, please contact Mark. Reflection Two of the last seven “words” of Jesus were quotations from the Psalms. Earlier, Jesus had quoted Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have [Read More...]

The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Sixth Word

The Sixth Word: “It is finished!” (John 19:30) Another station from The Stations of the Cross at Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, California. Photo by Mark D. Roberts Reflection I never saw a more difficult film to watch than Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. For most of that movie I wanted to avert my [Read More...]

The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Fifth Word

The Fifth Word: “I am thirsty.” (John 19:28) A painting of the Cruxifixion, from a church in Taormina, Italy. Photo by Mark Roberts No doubt Jesus experienced extreme thirst while being crucified. He would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat, through what he had endured even prior to crucifixion. [Read More...]

The Seven Last Words of Christ – The Fourth Word

The Fourth Word: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Mark 15:34) The Eleventh Station of the The Stations of the Cross at Serra Retreat Center, Malibu, California. Photo by Mark Roberts Reflection As Jesus was dying on the cross, he echoed the beginning of Psalm 22, which reads: My God, my God, [Read More...]