In his last moments on the cross, Jesus offers provision both for his mother and for his disciple, John. This act demonstrates the great personal care and concern of Jesus in the midst of the eternal act of the cross. Jesus does not allow cosmic mysteries to replace individual kindness. His is a salvation both universal and personal. As we reflect on the mystery of the cross, we are invited into personal relationship as well.
In this series, we will explore the seven statements Jesus made while on the cross, just before his death. These words have been a traditional reflection for Christians during the season of lent for thousands of years. In them, we see the whole message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Through the ideas of forgiveness, eternity, provision, despair, thirst, completion, and trust we see how Jesus' death becomes the turning point for all of God's plan of redemption. The mysteries expressed in Jesus' words are too deep to fully understand, but by reflecting on them, we can enter more fully into the central point of our faith: the death of Jesus the God-man on the cross.