Christ’s seven last words in the present times

April 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment


Lenten season is observed worldwide by Christians. It starts on Ash Wednesday and culminates on Easter Sunday. Between these periods is the celebration of the Holy Week which depicts the sufferings of the Christ until He was nailed on the cross for the salvation of mankind.

The Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday when Christ’s entrance to Jerusalem is commemorated. Holy Monday to Maundy Thursday is observed for His last supper with His disciples and trial under Pontious Pilate through the prodding of the Jewish’s Sanhedrin. Holy Friday is believed by Christians as His way to Golgotha where He was nailed to the cross along with two thieves. Before His last breath on the cross, the Christ uttered seven famous statements which is now regarded as the”seven last words” on the cross.

In many Christian churches which observe the Holy Friday- Catholics, Lutherans, Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal (born-again), the “seven last words” are given much importance, each of which is explained and meditated on by the faithful Christians. The “seven last words” which were uttered by Christ on the cross more than 2,000 years ago are believed to have been uttered for the humanity to ponder on, and to provide inspiration for faith and salvation.

Are those “seven words” still relevant in the present time? Let’s take a look at them.

1. Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing?

God is watching us. He is in control of everything and yet His adversary –Satan is roaring like lion and taking reins of the earth’s system. That is why people yield to temptations and to earthly pleasures. There is no personal contentment which leads to corruption, avarice for power and social and political degradation.

Lord, forgive these people. Out of their tongues they confess to serve you and yet deep in their hearts, they are cheating the people they want to serve. Yes, Lord they don’t know what they are doing. They are blinded with the earthly powers purportedly coming from the “paid” electorates during elections.

2. Today I will tell you, you will be with me in Paradise.

How lucky that thief on Christ’s right was! He was the ever recorded person in the Bible in which Christ uttered those words. But what made Christ said that was due to two reasons. First, the thief recognized his sins and second he recognized Christ as the Son of God.

We could not go to the Paradise like that thief. What is wrong with us these days is that we are not submissive to God. We are living in lies. Look at those corrupt Generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Although, pieces of evidence are pointing out to their culpabilities, until now they refuse to accept the truth. They are bunch of liars who are trying to hide under the cloak of “ due process of law”. Who are the culprits of Mendiola massacre? Who killed Benigno Aquino Jr.? Where are the thousands of missing “activists”? When will justice be served to the massacred journalists and innocent persons in Maguindanao? Will Christ ever say to those culprits of grim crimes, “ You will be with me in Paradise?”

3. Mother, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.

Let’s behold our motherland- Philippines. Let’s behold our province-Pangasinan. Let’s behold our towns and barangays. They are likened to our “mothers” who care for us. We are the sons and daughters, and we have the obligations to see to it that we live in an environment of peace and order. We will see to it that proper delivery of basic services are provided by our political leaders. Behold, the corrupt officials. Behold, those giving us “lip service” and think twice, not once, not to vote them again in power come next election.

4. My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Lord, why have you forsaken us? Why did you let our provincial officials in Pangasinan to abruptly raise our land taxes in spite of economic difficulties? Who give them the wisdom for such action? Lord, did it come from you? And Lord, give us the courage to face the challenges of time. Please don’t forsake us in times of natural disasters- earthquakes, tsunamis, flood and even during famines. Let these be the tests of our faith on you.

5. I thirst

God is in thirst of our love to Him. With the presence of many technological gadgets, people are shying away to the real service to the Creator. They have more time on their computers, laptops, cellphones, ipods and ipads. God is being laid away. The materialistic world stops us from serving God. The techie gadgets are now “demigods” that our lives are devoid of spirituality. Yes, we too are in thirst for justice of the many unsolved “celebrated” crimes. We are also in thirst of real public service from our politicians.

Our new graduates are in thirst of employment. When will this government stop sending overseas Filipino workers in other countries and create jobs for them? Yes, we are thirsty of social justice. When will be the time that there will be no longer “squatters” in our country- no slums, no shanties but decent homes for the poor?

6. It is finished.

Lord, the imposition of the Ordinance on increased land tax in the province of Pangasinan is already finished. Many towns are already imposing it even without prior consultations with the taxpayers. Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. announced in a press conference that it will be implemented this year, not in 2012, and there is no turning back on its imposition. The Ordinance was already consummated – the Board Members said. Yes, Lord they are in need of more revenues – more money to defray the expenses used in buying the 16 Ford Everest sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Can we still have time to contest the said Ordinance? Or, just defy it, Lord?

7. Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.

Whatever situations we are experiencing now, let’s leave that to the Lord. We are facing more life’s difficulties- increase prices of commodities and oil products coupled with the presence of natural disasters and calamities. We will commit all these things to God. He is still our last bastion of hope and eternal happiness.

(for comments, email me at emperorvirgil@yahoo.com)

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