Jesus' final words on the cross express the kind of radical dependence on God that characterized his life. This trust in God as he died forms a model for us who follow in his path. At its core, faith in Christ is about dependence. Jesus' death on the cross is at the same time, what we depend on and a model for what dependence looks like. As we remember the death of Jesus on the cross, we are encouraged to trust God with more of our own lives, even those times that seem darkest and most filled with pain.
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.