Seven Statements of Jesus on the Cross
1) “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46/Mark 15:34
The Righteous Sufferer: Jesus committed no sin, but bore the sin of the world upon him. This also brought a separation between Him and His Father. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for the sin of the world. He literally had to leave everything He knew.
Pray for your own selfishness to be laid aside and that we would be “cross-carriers” for other’s benefit and to follow Jesus’ example.
2) “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
Beneath the spilled blood, the wounds and the broken flesh, the forgiveness of His oppressors oozed from the very depths of who Jesus was and still is today.
Pray for Christians to live out genuine forgiveness of others and not to be quick to pronounce judgment on others.
3) “I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
It is repentant hearts that Jesus is looking for. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.” One of the thieves understood what Jesus had done and received forgiveness.
Pray for repentant hearts.
4) “Father, into Your hands I commit my Spirit” Luke 23:46
Jesus had fulfilled, in obedience, everything His Father wanted Him to do. Even to His last breath breathed, He submitted His life and spirit to His Father.
Pray for Christians to have submissive hearts to the Father.
5) “Dear woman, here is your son…here is your mother.” John 19:26, 27
Jesus, even on the cross, took care of His responsibilities. He loved His mother and He cared for her provisions through His great friend John.
*Pray for God to show you how to be responsible and care for others that you are involved with.
6) “I am thirsty” John 19:28
This wasn’t just a reference to physical thirst. This was to fulfill a prophecy from Psalm 69 as the response of the people was to give Jesus vinegar to drink. Jesus was also longing to be “re-filled” with what He had poured out.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill you up and control you (Eph. 5:18).
7) “It is finished” John 19:30
Jesus accomplished all He was supposed to do. He finished strong all the way until His death and did not give up.
Pray for endurance—and that Christians would realize that they are in a marathon and not a sprint.