Eli! Eli! Lema Sabachthani?

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” —Matthew 27:46 Jesus is quoting King David from Psalm 22. I find myself saying these words myself, more often than I care to admit. I don’t …

Your mother, your son

26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. — John 19:26-27 When I visited an oasis in the Middle East with friends, …

Today you will be with me in Paradise

43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” — Luke 23:43 I wonder who this man was?  The thief, dying on the cross beside Jesus, who rebuked the other and asked him to remember him when he came in his kingdom.  What had he done? I wonder …

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do

34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. — Luke 23:34 I’ve been in this story.  The guilty standing by, watching as someone else pays the price for my wrongs.  I might as well be hammering the nails in myself. “Father forgive him, …