As Bible readers, we find instruction throughout all of the Scripture. We are fascinated by all parts, from general discourses to specific words. Isn't it fascinating that we have recorded the seven specific sentences that were said by Christ on the cross while He was dying? One historian recorded, “We know more about Christ, His life, His death than any man who lived in the ancient world.”
Regarding the seven statements said by Christ on the cross, there is also another lesson found in what Christ did not say. This is instructive because we are students of His character. In the message "Pay Attention -- He is Risen" (April 20), we reflect on three Old Testament saints and what they said when they were in distress: Moses, Joshua, and Elijah. Though these were great men, they buckled under pressure and did not want to go on.
Moses said, “I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me,” in Numbers 11:14.
Joshua said, “Alas, O Lord God, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? Would to God we had been content and dwelt on the other side of Jordan! “ in Joshua 7:7.
And in 1 Kings 19:4, Elijah requested to die; and said, “It is enough; now. O Lord, take my life; for I am not better than my fathers.”
We find Christ's character to be exceptional. There was not self-love, self-pity, or the fear of death or failure. He died like no other – He was our Lord.