Jesus Dying on the Cross
The reflection Jesus dying on the Cross is about Jesus’ last moments alive. It is written by Maria Antoine and narrated by Darwin.
Jesus’s last moments on the Cross are a fruitful source of reflection for us. It is the source of our salvation after all. The Lord came to do the will of God the Father, His Father. It was the will of the Father that Jesus was to be the sacrifice that would bring us healing and reconciliation.
Last words of Jesus
The words of Jesus from the Cross have extraordinary power for healing when we reflect on them.
“Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing”
By His redeeming blood we shall be healed. At the height of his physical suffering, his love prevails and He asks His Father to forgive! Could there ever be greater irony? Jesus asks his Father to forgive, but it is by His very Sacrifice on the Cross that mankind is able to be forgiven!
“Truly I say to you, this day you will be with Me in Paradise”.
Jesus responds with love and mercy in His second word. What a blessing from our God to the good thief because of his repentance and request to be remembered. Jesus shows his Divinity by opening heaven for a repentant sinner
“My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?”
This cry is from the painful heart of the human Jesus who must feel deserted by His Father and the Holy Spirit, not to mention his earthly companions the Apostles. Jesus feels separated from his Father. He is now all alone, and he must face death by himself. We too are all alone at the time of death! Jesus completely lives the human experience as we do, and by doing so, frees us from the clutches of sin.
To Mary, his mother
“Woman, behold thy son.”
And to John, his apostle
“Behold thy Mother”.
Thus identifying Mary as the “Woman” mentioned in Genesis and John (who represents all of us) as her offspring. Mary is our Mother as well.
Jesus also thirsts in a spiritual sense. He thirsts for love. He thirsts for the love of his Father, who has left him unaided during this dreadful hour when He must fulfill his mission all alone. And he thirsts for the love and salvation of his people, the human race. Jesus practices what he preached:
When Jesus died, He “handed over” the Spirit. Jesus remained in control to the end, and it is He who handed over his Spirit. One should not miss the double entendre here, for this may also interpreted as His death brought forth the Holy Spirit. Jesus came into this world to fulfil the will of the Father.
“Father into Your hands I commit My spirit”.
Jesus was obedient to His Father to the end, and his final word before his death on the Cross was a prayer to His Father.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
So that everyone who believes in him
may not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16