My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
In doing some research about Good Friday, I stumble upon a Christian meditation with which I am unfamiliar. One which, according to Wikipedia, is practiced during Lent, Holy Week, and Good Friday.
It is called the "Seven Sayings". These are the seven sentences Jesus spoke while He hung on the cross, and they are taken from all four Gospels.
For those of you who do not have a church home or are unable to attend a Good Friday service today, I thought these Seven Sayings would be a most reverent and reflective exercise as we remember the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Will you meditate on these with me today? Read each saying, then prayerfully contemplate the word associated with it.
1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
2. Truly, I say to you, you will be with me today in Paradise. (Luke 23:43)
3. Woman, behold your son, behold your mother. (John 19:26-27
4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
5. I thirst. (John 19:28)
6. It is finished. (John 19:30)
7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. (Luke 23:46)
What are your thoughts after meditating on the Seven Sayings?
Will you pray with me?
Thank You, Father, for sending your only Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. As we reflect upon His crucifixion, His suffering, His death, may our hearts be filled with compassion and overwhelmed with thankfulness for all He has done for us. Amen.
Psalms 95, 22 or 40:1-14 (15-19), 54
Lamentations 3:1-9, 19-33
1 Peter 1:10-20
John 13:36-38 (morning)
John 19:38-42 (evening)