Good Friday (Guest Blogger Edy T Johnson)
Edy writes in the voice of one of the men crucified with Christ. Read the account in scripture here.
2013 Good Friday – Seven Last Words
Luke 23:46 – The Last Word
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.
We heard this Rabbi speak. We heard the stories He told. I especially liked the one about the lost son who returned to his father. If I had a father, perhaps that might have been me. But, I had no home to go to. So, I got by, breaking into others’ homes to take what I needed. …OH, this pain!
The pain of the flesh is bad enough, but the anguish of the heart is simply devastating. Why did my life turn out this way? But, more important, why is this great Rabbi dying alongside us? Does a person’s life make no difference in the end? Good or bad, we all die!
Oh God! …..what am I saying? …..In this agony, my cries could fill Jerusalem. But, I won’t give them the satisfaction.
This Rabbi has me confused. Earlier He cried out to God, asking why He had forsaken Him, but now He calls God “Father,” and gives up His spirit to Him, rather like a last will and testament, turning over all He has to His heirs.
Why can’t it end for me, like that? Why cannot I just announce that I’ve had enough and say goodbye?
I know! — The Lord is giving me time to repent. What I said to the Rabbi was inexcusable. My fellow thief was right to ask, “Do you not fear God?”
“This man has done nothing wrong,” he told me. And, he was right. Even the centurion, just now, had to admit, “Certainly, this man was innocent!”
He sure wouldn’t say that about me. I’m guilty as sin. OH God! It’s too late to tell this Rabbi, the Messiah, that I’m sorry. What can I do to make things right? Time is running out. I can’t make it! OH God, what can I do?
Oh, what was it He said to that woman taken in adultry? “Where are your accusers?”
I am my own worst accuser. But, it’s too late for me to make amends. My life ends, bound to this cross…oh, but I remember, now, the rest of His words, “Neither do I condemn thee. Go and sin no more.”
Oh, Lord, all merciful. Thank you for your Word. I can die in peace, after all! My Lord, my Messiah, into your hands I, too, commit my spirit.”