Before my poem, I would like to briefly discuss the final two words (sayings) of Christ from the cross
The last words of Christ from the cross as recorded in the book of Luke differ from what is recorded in the book of John. Luke 23:46 says,
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”When he had said this, he breathed his last.
John 19:30 says,
When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Why are there two seemingly conflicting reports? Did Jesus say one, or the other, or both? The discrepancy can likely be attributed to the fact that each is from a different eye-witness account. It is probable that Christ made both statements, but which came first is impossible to say with certainty. I have chosen to use Luke’s account for Part VI of my series, and I will use John’s account for part VII, as I feel that “It is finished” is an appropriate phrase for the conclusion of my series. And now, here is the poem inspired by Christ’s words:
He took our guilt upon himself that day
the cross’s pain eclipsed by pain of sin
He wore our shame to take our shame away
a torture greater than his broken skin
He loves us, so was willing to submit
to torment that the world had never known
“Father into your hands I now commit
my Spirit,” he called out with a loud groan
A loving Father’s arms and strong embrace
are where an anguished child longs to be
The death that Christ died that we might know grace:
how could there be a greater agony?
Even in death he kept his eyes above
Upon his Father, trusting in his love.