by Dennis P. McGeehan
The key episode in all of history is the death and resurrection of Jesus. No other event in history is remotely close in impact and permanence of effect. It was the reason he came to Earth, the fulfillment of his life. The Son of God became man so he could pay the price of our sins on the cross. His whole human existence pointed to this moment.
The scriptures record what Christ said while he hung on the cross. For all believers his words are worth pondering. The seven last words of Christ are seven statements he made. They are the last teachings he gave to us, and connect to his teaching on how we should pray. Series link.
Seventh Word: "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!" (Luke 23:46)
"But deliver us from evil. Amen!" Jesus was crucified because of the works of evil men and the Evil One. His trust in the Father knew no bounds. He was afraid but despite the fear he continued to do the task given to him.
We have tasks to do. Sometimes they are positive tasks we must accomplish like going to work. Sometimes they are negative tasks, things we must avoid today like drugs or pornography. God stands ready to help us in everything he asks us to do.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen!
Dennis P. McGeehan is a husband, father (nine kids — eight on Earth and one in God's hands), author and freelance writer who has written for a variety of magazines. He has published two books, The Diaries of Joseph and Mary and Selecting the Best Martial Arts Class for your Child. He is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild. Dennis blogs at www.warriorsworlddad.com.