According to the Gospel of Luke, the final words Jesus spoke during His Crucifixion were: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke goes on to say “Having said this, He breathed His last.” The witnesses in the book of John have the last words of Jesus as, “It is accomplished.”
Of course the accounts of the witnesses varied slightly from the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The accounts of Luke and John stress that the work of Jesus has been accomplished, and the spirit of Jesus is committed to be united with the Father. But, what about us? (Seems like a selfish question. Jesus has just been tortured and crucified, and I want to know what’s in it for us?) Looked as though Jesus was gone forever, leaving us without a hope for our salvation and reconciliation. John has the last words of Jesus as “It is accomplished.” Jesus had lived approximately 31 years on earth, with all its labor and often hostility Safe in the bosom of His Father in Heaven, He was “home free.” He had paid his debt. Adios.
But what happened? He returned to us. He conquered death, and showered us with love and salvation. Most of all, He demonstrated forgiveness.
God sent his only Son to demonstrate the way to spiritual health, and collectively, mankind demonstrated evil in return. Mankind tortured and executed the very Son of God. Did we deserve redemption?
By returning to earth following His execution, Jesus demonstrated that nothing was beyond forgiveness. Through the name of Christ all manner of error can be forgiven, and reconciliation can be achieved.
Sound simple? Sometimes I think mankind makes too little of the sacrifice God made through His Son, Jesus Christ. To some it is rote knowledge.
Both Matthew and Mark declare that the final words of Jesus on the cross were, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Perhaps that is a statement of prayer. Is Jesus praying to the Father, asking Him why the very people He came to save had forsaken Him? Have faith.