In this 3rd Grade Lesson, we study our Blessed Lord's Death.
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by Hans Baldung Grien
Let’s look at the seven last words of Jesus on the Cross.
FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.
The people who killed Jesus didn’t know that He was the Lamb of God. The Lamb had to be sacrificed to take the punishment for our sins. Someone had to pay for our sins, and Jesus took it on Himself.
AMEN, I SAY TO YOU, THIS DAY YOU SHALL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE.
We know that Jesus was crucified between two thieves. One of them was making fun of Jesus, but the other didn’t. The Good Thief said that while they deserved their punishments, Jesus was innocent. He turned to Jesus and said, “Lord, remember me when You enter Your kingdom.”
Heaven’s gates had been locked when God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden. The gates wouldn’t open again until Jesus died. That day, the Good Thief was one of the first people into Heaven. This is a reminder that no matter what we’ve done, we can always be forgiven.
WOMAN, BEHOLD THY SON. BEHOLD THY MOTHER.
Do you remember from the Wedding at Cana lesson when Mary was called “Woman?” Jesus wasn’t being mean to Mary but was showing His respect for her. He wasn’t trying make her look at Him and see what had happened. Jesus was telling her to turn to John for support. He then asked John to take care of her.
Jesus could have used John’s name, but He didn’t. Whenever that happens in Scripture, we’re supposed to put ourselves in that place. Here, Jesus is giving all of us Mary as our mother.
MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?
Do you really think that Jesus thought that the Father had forgotten about Him? Jesus knew the plan. If the Father had swooped down and snatched Him from the cross, the punishment for our sins would still have to be given to someone.
Jesus was quoting from the Psalms here. Remember that Jesus was fully human. The human side of Him wanted it to be over.
Let’s read parts of Psalm 21 to see why Jesus asked for a drink. He wanted to fulfill the Scriptures.
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? All who see me mock at me, they make mouths at me, they wag their heads "He committed his cause to the LORD; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, for he delights in him!" I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; My tongue cleaves to my jaws; Tho... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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